While President Obama has been on a tear lately with his openly gay appointees to ambassadorships around the world, one country that is not having any of it is Nigeria. Following a statement from the Minister of Foreign Affairs that the West African nation would begrudgingly accept gay diplomats and their spouses, the Christian Association of Nigeria has vowed to “mobilize to chase” out any gay diplomat that sets foot in their precious land.
Nigeria is one of the 38 countries in Africa where homosexuality is illegal and it recently passed a bill to further harshen its institutionalized discrimination. The so-called “Jail All the Gays” bill seeks to imprison anyone who shows same-sex “public affection” for ten years in Africa’s most populous nation. So it came as a bit of a shock when Minister of Foreign Affairs Olugbenga Ashiru apparently welcomed prospective gay diplomats.
“Nigeria is not against any country for legalizing gay marriage, but in our country, given our customs and traditions, as well as religious beliefs, marriage as ordained by God is between a man and a woman,” Ashiru reportedly said. ”But if we have diplomats with same sex spouses posted to Nigeria, we have no choice but to accredit them accordingly because they come from countries where such law is in place.”