Western nations and their already overburdened taxpayers need to stop doing business with countries like Nigeria, which, according to the Associated Press and others, “passed a bill Thursday banning gay marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders. Nigeria’s House of Representatives approved the bill in a voice vote, likely sending it immediately to President Goodluck Jonathan for him to potentially sign into law in Africa’s most populous nation. Whether he will approve it remains unclear, and both the United States and the United Kingdom raised concerns over a measure that could put foreign funding for AIDS and HIV outreach programs in jeopardy.”

Enough is enough. We need to send a clear message to countries like Nigeria that we won’t deal with them at all if they continue to oppress people because of their sexual orientation.

And lest anybody from Nigeria be looking in here and take issue with what I have suggested: I’m not telling you how to run your country. I’m just saying we shouldn’t support you if you are going to oppress people. It’s our money and we don’t have to give it to you.

It’s time to get tough with oppressive regimes.