Why have Christian leaders in the West kept silent about Nigeria’s new anti-gay law?
Nigeria native and gay rights activist Davis Mac-Iyalla started asking that question soon after the “Jail the Gays” law was enacted earlier this month. He has continued to ask while Nigeria’s tally of reported arrests of alleged homosexuals has grown to 68.
Mac-Iyalla left Nigeria for England in 2008 because, as an LGBT rights activist, it was unsafe for him to remain. Now a member of the Church of England, Mac-Iyalla is seeking supporters for an online petition urging the archbishops of Canterbury and York to speak out against the law, which provides prison sentences of 10 years for Nigerians belonging to a gay organization, supporting same-sex marriages, or displaying same-sex affection in public, as well as 14 years in prison for any Nigerian who marries a member of the same sex.
Mac-Iyalla has the same…
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