BRUSSELS, March 12, 2007 – The
European Parliament is set to debate the proposed Bill that would not only
ban gay marriage in Nigeria, but would also
outlaw representations and advocacy of
homosexuality in the country. This Bill is currently going through the
The emergency European Parliament
debate will be held on Thursday at the end of the plenary session in
Urgency of the matter has been
accepted by the ‘conference of presidents’ of the Parliament under ‘Rule 115
– Debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of
“It is excellent that this request
for an urgency procedure has been accepted,” said MEP Michael Cashman
(UK/Labour/PSE) speaking this morning from Strasburg.
“It makes me very proud of my
group, the PSE and the European Parliament. I call upon all MEPs to support
the proposed resolution,” he added.
The emergency debate is expected to start about 16:00
(central European time – 15:00 UK time) and can be seen on the European
Parliament’s live internet transmission. To receive the broadcast click
HERE and select
language (default language on this url is English).
The debate was requested by the ALDE (liberals) and
PSE (labour) groups. Early indications are that a strongly-worded
resolution may be passed.
Posted: 12 March 2007 at
14:00 (UK time)