New legislation would further criminalise Nigeria's gay community
5 December 2011 Last updated at 10:43 GMT
Homosexual acts are already illegal in Nigeria. But for its lawmakers that does not appear to be categorical enough.
The Prohibition of Same-Sex Marriage Bill last week sailed unopposed through the Senate - the country's highest chamber.
Under the new bill, same-sex couples entering into either marriage or cohabitation would face jail terms of up to 14 years.
Amnesty International said the move threatens the basic human rights of a large number of Nigerians.
Jonah Fisher reports from Abuja.