Speaking at the civic reception in honour of the Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan in Abuja at the weekend, Mark said the Bill would be passed into law irrespective of pressures from some sections of the international community and human rights activists demanding the legalization of same sex marriage in the country.
Besides banning the same sex marriage, Mark said it is now a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment of not less than 14 years.
In his words: “We will not compromise on this. I want to invite you all to join the crusade of decency in our society.
“There are many good values we can copy from other societies but certainly not this one (same sex marriage).
“We have to prove to the rest of the world, who are advocates of this unnatural way that we Nigerians promote and respect sanity, morality and humanity.
“Every individual is a product of the union of a man and woman.”
He acknowledged the cordial relationship between the Nigerian State and the Church and pledged that the National Assembly would continue to do all within the law to ensure religious freedom and peaceful co-existence in the country.