Supreme Court of the United States on June 26, interpreted the country’s Constitution on the controversial same-sex laws as was being applied by different states in the Union. The apex Court’s eventual ruling that now requires all states to license and recognise same-sex “marriage” has raised serious concerns across the globe with many nations and governments wondering if Armageddon was not here already.
We recall that in the weeks preceding the passage of the Anti-gay law by Nigeria’s National Assembly, not a few interests from other countries allegedly wanted the bid stalled. But given our valued respect for traditional cum religious decency alongside considerations for our values as a people who fear God and respect His injunctions in matters relating to the unique procreation bond between a man and his wife, our legislators passed the law with a 14-year jail term for perpetrators.
With the benefit of hindsight, we do not want to believe that the cold shoulders immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan received from European and Western nations after the passage of the country’s Anti-gay law in 2013 was deliberate.
Our reason for the foregoing position is not far-fetched. In the heat of the embarrassing anti-insurgency war prosecuted by the Jonathan administration with the accompanying losses to lives, property and governance in the third tier of government, the same countries in the G7 were extremely reluctant to offer any form of meaningful aid to the Nigerian government.
The decision of Jonathan administration to look East-ward for help, alongside the controversial South African arms deal that went sour, were parts of the fallout of the cold shoulders that administration got from the West.
To rub it in, even before Muhammadu Buhari was sworn-in as Nigeria’s President, the G7 nations invited him to their meeting in South Africa. To many Nigerians, that was considered a slight diplomatic misnomer. The invitation of President Buhari to White House in July in the reasoning of many watchers of the unfolding events may well turn out to be a forum for the West to foist their interests on Nigeria.
In this wise, what readily comes to mind is the recent ruling of the US Supreme Court on gay marriage which that country may want to propagate across the globe, especially to developing nations in return for such desperate needs like in the case of Nigeria, assistance in the anti-insurgency war and rebuilding of destroyed places and resettlement of the displaced.
In this respect, we align with the stance of most Nigerians and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops that described the Court ruling as a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us.
Like the clerics said, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable just as we agree too that it is profoundly immoral and unjust for US government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.
We therefore align with them in calling on all people of good will to join in proclaiming the goodness, truth, and beauty of marriage as rightly understood.
Thus, even as Nigeria needs help to conquer insurgency and rebuild destroyed cities, President Buhari must be conscious of where the nation stands on the matter as he prepares to meet with President Barack Obama of the United States next month. No offer of assistance from Obama and his administration should compromise Nigerian’s position on this matter.