Nigerian Presidential hopeful promises to legalize gay sex

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A presidential hopeful in Nigeria has said he would not criminalize LGBT community. Homosexuality is illegal in the country, with those convicted of having gay sex facing up to 14 years in prison, not to mention the Sharia-controlled states where gay people are stoned to death. Donald Duke, one of ten candidates running to become President in next year’s election, has said he intends to decriminalize homosexuality and even appoint some gay ministers, though it is still not safe for them to be out. “I don’t understand it because I’m straight. I don’t understand the emotional feelings a gay person, for instance, would have of their sexuality. I don’t understand it,” he said, “But I would not criminalize them”. He ensures that the community is going to be legally protected if he is elected. When asked about civil partnerships, he simply said that the law does not recognize them.

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