Despite Nigeria’s law against same-sex marriages, many couples have come out to announce that they are in a same-sex relationship, but it is not common for same-sex couples to request for marriage. A young lady identified as Shalom Shoremi from Ogun state has been disowned by her family after she approached a federal marriage registry to request approval for a marriage with her partner. The family severed all ties with her and released a newspaper advert to announce their decision.
Nigerian family disowns daughter seeking to marry another woman
According to the advert, the young lady was rejected by the marriage registry with reasons that her request is against the same-sex marriage probation act of 2014. The act declares that same-sex marriage is an illegal act in Nigeria. The law also states that 14 years imprisonment would be given to those accused of same-sex relationships.
Shalom’s family had stated that all ties have been severed, adding that she would also not be entitled to the family’s inheritance. The advert read: “The attention of Shoremi Family of Ogun State has been drawn to an application for a special marriage license sought by Shalom T. Shoremi.
She had requested for a special marriage license at the Federal Marriage Registry on 22nd of March, 2018 to allow her consummate a same sex marriage, which was rejected as it in variance with the marriage Act of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria. The family is disassociating itself from the move and has served ties with her. We also disown her on the grounds that what she planned to do is against the law in Nigeria. She will also not be entitled to anything from the family inheritance.”
Naijasureguys had earlier reported that Theresa May, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, had urged Nigeria to end laws against same-sex marriages. She also asked all other countries within the Commonwealth to do the same.
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