ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigeria's Senate has passed a bill banning gay marriage in Africa's most populous nation, where gays and lesbians already face abuse and discrimination.

The Senate voted Tuesday to pass the bill. It was not immediately clear if it would then go to Nigeria's House of Representatives or to President Goodluck Jonathan for his approval.

Under the measure, couples who marry could face up to 14 years in jail, and witnesses or anyone who helps couples marry could be sentenced to 10 years behind bars.

The proposed law also has drawn the interest of European Union countries.

The British government also recently threatened to cut aid to African countries that violate the rights of gays and lesbians.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/29/4086133/nigeria-senate-approves-anti-gay.html#ixzz1f5vQnb15

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