International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Same Sex Marriage in Nigeria: A Philosophical Analysis
Dr. Joseph Onuche

There is a framework of ethical oppositions towards same sex marriage that calls for a philosophical analysis to determine the relevance or otherwise of the foundation of Nigerian moral context in the face of the current demand for legal recognition of same sex marriage. Same sex couples want the same rights as heterosexual couples, and by classic reciprocity principles, this is something all citizens can understand: We would want the same thing, and thus the same sex couples have the Golden Rule on their side. Be that as it may, the natural law of marriage is against it. Two constituent parts reside within marriage; the unititive and openness towards procreation. Homosexual sex violates these laws. The same logic applied towards the claim regarding codifying homosexual unions. It is a violation against natural law, objective truth, and the law of complementarity. Marriage is based on the fact that we are male and female –two halves of a complete life giving whole and that life-giving power is inherent in heterosexual union. Nigerian moral context as it stand now is a context that identify with the rhythm of nature rather that with efforts to manipulate it. Consequently, Nigerians consider same sex marriage morally as an affront to the concept of marriage in content, context and practice and therefore a habit that cannot and should not be legally recognized.

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