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Atheists In Kenya would like to express disappointment at President Uhuru Kenyatta’s remarks during a press briefing with President Barrack Obama yesterday at State House touching on Gay Rights in Kenya.
We note that he President said that gay rights are a “nonissue” in Kenya and that the issue is not a priority, adding that there are some things that cultures or societies just don’t accept.
We note that he argues that it’s very difficult to impose beliefs on people that they don’t accept. He says his government wants to focus elsewhere.
The President says that for the moment, gay rights aren’t at the forefront for Kenyans.
We would like to inform President Uhuru Kenyatta that the issue of Gay and Lesbian rights has nothing to do with priorities for the country, or even culture. It has everything to do with rights of minorities. The country is grappling with many issues, however fundamental rights and freedoms of gays and lesbians need to be respected, and indeed protected by the State. The state is compelled by the Kenyan Constitution to protect minorities. Article 56 of the Kenyan Constitution states:
— The State shall put in place affirmative action programmers designed to ensure that minorities and marginalized groups are protected.
This certainly includes gays and lesbians. Currently, gay sex is a crime in Kenya punishable by up to 14 years in prison. This law is unconstitutional.
We would like to ask the President and the Jubilee administration to demonstrate tolerance towards minorities and support the rights of gays and lesbians.
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