Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan has signed off on an anti-gay bill that makes
A spokesperson for the president confirmed that Jonathan had signed the measure, Reuters reports. The country's lawmakers had approved the measure in May, but it had only received its final Senate clearance in December.
American Secretary of State John Kerry says the US is "deeply concerned" about the country's enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, according to a statement on the State Department's website.
"Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians. Moreover, it is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its 1999 Constitution. People everywhere deserve to live in freedom and equality. No one should face violence or discrimination for who they are or who they love," the statement says.