19 arrested after police raid same-sex wedding in Nigeria

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12/23/2022

The Islamic police force, known as Hisbah, recently raided a same-sex wedding in northern Nigeria and arrested 19 people for attending. In the virulently anti-LGBTQ+ country, homosexuality is illegal based on both secular and the strict Islamic legal system known as Sharia law that functions in conjunction with the government in the majority Muslim state of Kano. Nigeria’s Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, which was signed into law by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014, makes same-sex relationships punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Under Sharia law, it is punishable by death. But according to BBC, the Islamic courts of Kano have never actually convicted someone for homosexuality.

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