The House of Representatives yesterday at floor of the House introduced a bill seeking to amend the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (2013) to outlaw cross-dressing in Nigeria.
The bill was adopted for first reading at the House of Representatives.
The bill was sponsored by Honourable Muda Lawal Ulnar during plenary on Tuesday. While referencing Section 4 of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (2013); the lawmaker proposed that cross-dressing whether done privately or publicly, should be prohibited
The lawmaker is also proposing 6 months imprisonment or a fine of N500,000 for crossdressers.
“A person shall be deemed to have committed the offence publicly where it is published; or displayed publicly notwithstanding that it was committed privately or in any place that would have ordinarily been described as private. Provided that this section of this Act shall not apply to cross-dressing in the course of a stage play or in any bona ﬁde public entertainment.
“That Section 5 is amended by inserting, after the existing sub-clause (3); a new sub-clause (4): That a person engaged in cross-dressing is guilty of an offense; liable to imprisonment for 6 months or to a ﬁne of N500,000.’’
In addition, Hon. Ulnar is seeking for Section 7 of the Principal Act to be amended. This would see the introduction of the word “cross-dressing and deﬁning same as the practice of wearing clothes usually worn by a person of the opposite sex”.
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