“The pressure is both surreptitious and overt. It is all aimed at scuttling at birth a law banning same-sex marriage in the country. The international community and human rights activists are at the campaign for Nigeria to reconsider any plan to enact the law.
“But Senate President David Mark has stirred the anxiety of these activists further as he has maintained that the bill prohibiting same-sex marriage would be passed.
“According to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to Mark, Paul Mumeh, in Abuja Monday, the Senate President while addressing Catholic faithful and guests at the civic reception in honour of John Cardinal Olorunfemi Onaiyekan in Abuja said that despite the pressure from some quarters, the law banning same-sex marriage has come to stay.
“Mark was quoted by Mumeh to have said: “ We will not compromise on this. I want to invite you all to join the crusade of decency in our society. There are many good values we can copy from other societies but certainly not this one (same-sex marriage).
“We have to prove to the rest of the world, who are advocates of this unnatural way that we Nigerians promote and respect sanity, morality and humanity. Every individual is a product of the union of a man and woman.”
Source: The Guardian, Nigeria (http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=109869:ban-on-same-sex-marriage-irrevocable-says-mark&catid=1:national&Itemid=559)
I am happy with the comments attributed to David Mark above. This is gratifying, especially considering that it is rare to find our senators discussing serious matters or holding up any opinion beyond increasing their pay.
I sometimes have my reservations about Marks but everyday he wins my heart with his mature utterances, respect for the values that make us human beings and courage in the face of pressures to ‘conform’.
Having said that, Mark cannot do this without the support of his colleagues in the Senate, so despite everything, I say Kudos to all the members of the Nigerian Senate.
Please pass quickly the bill against same-sex marriage.