OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Tuesday, passed for first reading a bill seeking to prohibit cross-dressing in the country.
The bill which seeks to amend the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013 proposes a 6-month jail term for defaulters.
Titled, ‘An Act To Amend Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013 to Prohibit Cross-Dressing And For Related Matters,” the legislation is sponsored by Muda Lawal Umar (APC, Bauchi).
The bill which is likely to generate controversy exempts only those persons in the course of a stage play or any place that would ordinarily be described as private.
As contained in a copy sighted by our correspondent, the lawmaker noted that “the Same-Sex Marriage Act, 2013 (hereinafter referred to as the Principal Act”) be amended as set out in this bill.
“Section 3 (1) Cross-dressing whether done publicly is prohibited.
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.”
He continued, “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.
“Section 4 is altered by inserting after the existing sub-clause (2), new sub-clause.
“Section 5 is amended by inserting after the existing Sub-clause (3), a new Sub—clause (4)
“A person engaged in cross-dressing is guilty of an offense and liable to imprisonment for 6 months or to a ﬁne of ﬁve hundred thousand Naira.
“Section 7 of the principal Act is amended by introducing the word “cross-dressing and deﬁning same as;
“Crossdressing” means the practice of wearing clothes usually worn by a person of the opposite sex
The bill may be cited as the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) (Alteration) Bill, 2022,” he stated.