We Do Not Advocate Punishing Gays, Say Nigerian Bishops!
Reader, the leaders of the Catholic church in Nigeria have sought to distance themselves from a hate campaign against gay people in the African country. Nigeria has some of the harshest anti-gay laws in the world. Under legislation passed last year someone can be imprisoned for up to 10 years for joining a gay club or society, or showing “affection” to someone of the same sex in public. Also, anyone providing services to someone perceived to be homosexual - like a doctor providing medicine to an HIV patient - can also be imprisoned for up to a decade.
The media and anti-gay protesters have used Christian churches views on homosexuality to insist severe punishment for gays in Nigeria. Source: