African Legislation On Gay Marriage


In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe last July threatened to behead homosexuals, describing those in the LGBT community as ‘worse than pigs, goats and birds.’

He also accused other African countries of becoming more tolerant of homosexuality, because they have become reliant on European countries for aid and support.

Throughout the month of July 2013, the President publicly condemned and attacked LGBT individuals seven times.

In Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill in January that criminalizes same-sex relationships.

The bill contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison for those who engage in same-sex marriage, and bans gay marriage, same-sex ‘amorous relationships’ and members of gay rights groups.

The international community criticized the new law, with countries such as the United States and Britain saying they were concerned it gives room for the violation of human rights.

South Africa, legalized same-sex marriage way back in 2006, becoming the fifth country in the world to do so, and the first in Africa.

However, section 9(3) of the country’s constitution expressly prohibits unfair discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

It reads: “The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.”