(This post previously appeared at The Bilerico Project)
Recently, leaders of Commonwealth nations met to discuss pressing international issues, and leaders from the U.K., Canada and others pressed for human rights reforms for LGBT people. British Prime Minister David Cameron went so far as to threaten to cut off aid to member nations that still criminalize homosexuality — something that was met with accusations of “bullying.” Nigeria responded by redoubling efforts to symbolically pass a bill to ban same-sex marriage (even though homosexuality is already illegal there), including witnessing, participating in and “abetting” a same-sex marriage (it’s unclear from the text of this bill if this is limited to marriages performed in Nigeria) which had been simmering for a few months.
Anti-abortion “news” websites Human Life International (HLI) World Watch and Canada’s LifeSiteNews (LSN) have taken encouragement from this, and co-published an article cheering Nigeria on, calling the bill something that “pro-life and pro-family supporters” should rally behind. The two often partner, and at least one of the organizations is engaged in ongoing work against LGBT people in Nigeria:
“Human Life International Nigeria is joining forces with other pro-life organizations and well-meaning Nigerians in mobilizing support for the defense of this bill,” said Chizoba Nnagboh, Human Life International (HLI) country director in Nigeria.
… Last week, HLI Nigeria sent a letter in support of the bill to outlaw same-sex “marriage” to the Nigerian Senate ahead of a public hearing on the bill on October 31, 2011.
Neither do Human Life International or LifeSiteNews. Continue reading