While several European countries, most recently France, have moved to offer same-sex couples the same legal rights enjoyed by heterosexuals, many African countries are seeking to tighten laws against homosexuality. Britain and some other Western countries have threatened to cut aid, a threat that has helped hold back or scupper such legislation in aid-dependent nations like Uganda and Malawi. But they have little leverage over Nigeria, whose budget is funded by its 2-million-barrel-per-day oil output.
The news provoked an outpouring of anti-gay invective on Twitter :
In France last year, about 7,000 same-sex couples tied the knot after gay marriage was legalised in May according to the French national statistics agency. France legalised same-sex marriage after months of intense and sometimes violent protests, in keeping with an election pledge by Socialist President François Hollande, who faced a huge backlash from the right and the powerful Catholic Church. France’s Insee statistics agency also said same-sex unions made up around three percent of all marriages registered in France in 2013.
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