Nigeria poised to pass anti-gay bill

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Associated Press

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 3:33 PM

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A top U.S. human rights official says he has not discussed with Nigerian lawmakers an anti-gay bill poised to pass Parliament

Michael H. Posner, the Assistant of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, declined to comment directly on the pending legislation during a press conference at the U.S. consulate in Lagos on Friday.

But, he says human rights issues must be addressed within societies and "it is very difficult, if not impossible, for (foreign) governments to force that change."

The Parliament of Africa's most populous nation is expected to formally pass the bill criminalizing gay marriage, gay advocacy groups and same-sex public displays. It must then be signed the president, though it was not clear when that might happen.

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