A researcher in Nigeria is claiming that a science experiment involving magnets proves that gay marriage is unnatural.
Chibuihem Amalaha, a post graduate student at the University of Lagos, says that “God gave me the wisdom to use science as a scientist to prove gay marriage is wrong.”
The finding, which Amalaha says is “groundbreaking,” uses the basic principles of magnetic attraction to prove that same-sex marriage is not natural. Amalaha says that in his experiment, he determined that the north and south poles of magnets are attracted to each other, while two same poles were not, and this, he claims, is scientific proof. Amalaha described the experiment and made the claim in an interview with Nigerian website This Day Live.
“To start with, physics is one of the most fundamentals of all the sciences and I used two bar magnets in my research,” he said. “A bar magnet is a horizontal magnet that has the North Pole and the South Pole and when you bring two bar magnets and you bring the North Pole together you find that the two North Poles will not attract. They will repel, that is, they will push away themselves showing that a man should not attract a man. If you bring two South Poles together you find that the two South Poles will not attract indicating that same sex marriage should not hold. A female should not attract a female as South Pole of a magnet does not attract the South Pole of a magnet. But, when you bring a North Pole of a magnet and a South Pole of a magnet they will attract because they are not the same, indicating that a man will attract a woman because of the way nature has made a female.”
Some fellow Nigerians are praising Amalaha’s research, saying that he should be awarded the Nobel Prize. Most others, however, say that this conclusion is not only inaccurate, but has absolutely no scientific backing to prove it.
"It’s debatable as to whether the embarrassing article is more damming of the standard of education at the University of Lagos or of the standard of journalism at This Day," says Luiz DeBarros, a South African LGBT activist. "The uncritical and uninformed article is likely to add to the ignorance and prejudice surrounding homosexuality in Nigeria."
Nigeria has a harsh policy on homosexuality, with punishments ranging from up to 14 years in prison to death by stoning.
Amalaha still stands by his findings, and hopes that he will one day win the Nobel Prize.
“My ambition is to go beyond the sky,” he says. “I want to reach the level God has destined me to reach. I want to be the first African to win Nobel Prize in science because as I am talking to you now, no African has ever won Nobel Prize in science.”