As the Supreme Court considers two marriage equality cases, the National Organization for Marriage and other religious right groups are holding an anti-equality march in Washington, DC to pressure the court. And one of the sponsors of that march is Family Watch International, which works around the world to keep laws in place that put gay people in prison, or even to death.
Sharon Slater, American anti-gay activist and president of Family Watch International, recently encouraged delegates attending a law conference in Lagos, Nigeria to resist the United Nations’ calls to decriminalize homosexuality. Keynoting the Nigerian Bar Association Conference, Slater told delegates that they would lose their religious and parental rights if they supported “fictitious sexual rights.” One such “fictitious right” is the right to engage in same-sex sexual relationships without going to jail…
In Nigeria, homosexual behavior is illegal and punishable by up to 14 years in prison. In the Islamic North, where Sharia law is enforced, gays can be sentenced to death by stoning.
According to Family Watch International, Nigeria is a role model.
This is hardly surprising. Remember, every anti-gay Christian right group threw a temper tantrum in 2003 when the Supreme Court overturned state laws against sodomy. Ultimately, that is what they want, homosexuality to be criminalized and gay people put in jail, or in forced therapy.