President Ruto: No to homosexuality in Kenya
President William Ruto has affirmed his stand against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) agenda, insisting that the practice has no place in the Kenya society.
The president rebuked the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday that granted members of the LGBTQ rights to register Non-Governmental Organizations despite homosexuality being illegal in Kenya.
Speaking at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC), Nairobi, during the re-launch of the Women Enterprise Fund, President Ruto said he respects the Supreme Court’s decision but insisted that Kenya’s traditions and culture doesn’t go along with the agenda.
“You know me very well, I am a God-fearing man and whatever happened at the court, even if we respect the court, our culture, values, Christianity and Islam cannot allow women to marry each other, or men to marry fellow men,” he said.
Homosexuality is against the Kenyan law under the Penal Code 1930 which finds it a crime as acts of :gross indecency” and “carnal knowledge against the order of nature”.
Anyone found guilty is liable for 14 years imprisonment.
“We also have what we believe in and we expect to be respected for that too,” Ruto said.
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