Gay Nigerians Face Death by Stoning

Suspects accused of violating Islamic law; parliament mulls ban on gay groups
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 10, 2007 6:41 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Eighteen Nigerian men arrested on suspicion of sodomy face death by stoning under the nation’s Sharia law. Police found the men, reportedly dressed as women, in a hotel in the northern state of Bauchi, where they were allegedly celebrating a “gay wedding.”

More than a dozen of Nigeria’s Muslims have been condemned to stoning deaths for sexual crimes, the BBC reports, but pressure from humanitarian organizations has kept any sentences from being carried out. Despite vigorous opposition, Nigeria’s parliament is trying to ban gay rights groups from the country.