Included in the bill is a proposal to ban any form of relationship with a gay person.The intent of the bill is to ban anything remotely associated with being 'gay' or just gay in the country.· CDMX Netherlands: · Netherlands proper New Zealand: · New Zealand proper Norway Portugal South Africa Spain Sweden Taiwan* United Kingdom: · England and Wales · Scotland · AX & DX, AC & TA · BM, AQ, IO, FK · GI, GG, IM, PN United States: · All 50 states · DC, GU, MP, PR, VI · some tribal jurisdictions Uruguay Andorra Australia: · ACT, NSW, QLD, · SA, TAS, VIC Austria Chile Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Ecuador Estonia* Greece Hungary Italy Liechtenstein Mexico: · Tlaxcala Netherlands: · Aruba Slovenia Switzerland Taiwan Nigeria recognizes neither same-sex marriages nor civil unions for same-sex couples.
It is obvious from the varying definitions of marriage that this topic carries with it a large amount of controversy.
Those who support same-sex marriage often argue that love is grounds enough for marriage, regardless of sexual orientation.
Proposals to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage compacted with severe penalties to those convicted of performing or participating in such, have twice surfaced.
A similar bill is currently pending parliamentary approval.
In February 2006, the United States State Department condemned the proposal.
In March 2006, 16 international human rights groups signed a letter condemning the bill, calling it a violation of the freedoms of expression, association and assembly guaranteed by international law as well as by the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and a barrier to the struggle against the spread of AIDS.
The law is a way to use scare tactics to discourage same sex unions.
Same-sex marriage is defined as a union between two people who are of the same gender or biological sex.
Those who are opposed often cite religious viewpoints and concerns about the rearing of children as the main reasons for their opposition.
The conflict over same-sex marriage is not a simple one.
Some sources claim that Nigeria has the world's third-highest population of persons with AIDS: 3.6 million Nigerians are infected with HIV.