Brave Nigerian lesbian couple ‘publicly wed’ and declare their love in defiance of archaic laws

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09/16/2021

LGBT+ activist and YouTuber Amara shared a series of photos detailing her symbolic marriage to her new wife, Olayinka, on social media. The beautiful couple can be seen gazing adoringly at each other in several photos and celebrating their commitment to each other with a drink poolside. She also shared a picture and videos of the couple getting a tattoo of each other’s name on their ring fingers as a sign of their love as Nigeria doesn’t allow same-sex marriages. “The country said we can’t sign our yes on paper, so we tattooed it on our skin,” Amara wrote. The heartwarming post has gained thousands of likes on Instagram, and several people sent their love and support to the couple. Nigerian journalist and TV host Arit Okpo simply wrote “you both” alongside several heart emojis. “Where will one find love this sincere,” another person commented. The support didn’t stop there as more people on Twitter offered their support to Amara and Olayinka. In Nigeria, LGBT+ people face a looming threat of discrimination, persecution and imprisonment just for being queer. In 2014, the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which criminalises same-sex relationships and has entrenched the condemnation of LGBT+ identities in Nigerian society, was signed into law. The vile legislation bans same-sex marriage, displays of affection between people of the same sex, according to OutRight Action International. It also imposes a 10-year prison sentence on anyone who “registers, operates, or participates in gay clubs, societies, and organisations”.

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