Vice President of Kenya, William Ruto, has once again declared his stand on Homosexuality. According to him, Kenya will never allow homosexuality.
The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission won a legal battle in High Court to be registered and officially recognized in Kenya last year. This was after an online video showed the struggle and misery the group were passing through in Kenya.
The court decided to end their misery by ruling in favor of their request. The Kenya High Court’s groundbreaking decision which was ruled on April 24, 2015, gives members of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights group to the permission to formally register their organization, Human Rights.
The ruling has, and continues to, spark arguments within almost all the groups in the country, including religious, moral, political and legal cycles. So much so that even when it was alleged that Obama was coming to lecture about gay rights in Kenya, 5,000 naked marchers threatened to welcome him to the country.
While a lot of people think the high court’s argument may have contradicted the penal code, Ruto has once again frowned at homosexuality in Kenya. The deputy president had said earlier that he does not support Homosexuality in Kenya and remains defiant against the practice.
Deputy president insists that Kenya will not welcome Gay marriage for any reason whatsoever. Apart from breaching Kenyan law, which demands that sexual activity between men is illegal and punishable with a maximum imprisonment of 14 years, the practice is held as immoral by the deputy president.
Quoting the deputy president:
Kenya will not allow homosexuality.
His stance reflects President Uhuru’s response to Obama when he visited Kenya. Through the president the country rejected Obama’s gay rights last year after he lectured Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta about his country’s gay rights record.
In Obama’s words:
When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode. And bad things happen.
Kenyatta, however, answered that while the U.S. and Kenya share many common values and goals, gay rights is not one of them, saying
The fact of the matter is Kenya and the U.S. share so many values: common love for democracy, entrepreneurship, value for families — these are some things that we share. But there are some things that we must admit we don’t share. Our culture, our societies don’t accept.