Kenyan Lawmakers to Obama: “Don’t talk about gay-rights during your visit”

Protesters chant slogans against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as they march along the streets of  Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Monday. The demonstration is aimed at President Obama, who is set to visit the country later this month. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)
Protesters chant slogans against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as they march along the streets of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, on Monday. The demonstration is aimed at President Obama, who is set to visit the country later this month. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

The Speaker of Kenya’s the National Assembly, Justin Muturi warned Obama not to encroach on the country’s social fabric by speaking about homosexuality or risk sanction from the parliament.

In remarks that echoed sentiments from five other Members of Parliament at a church fundraiser, Muturi asked Obama to respect the faith and morals of Kenyans.

In a country where gay sex is punishable by 14 years in prison, such opinions are not unusual as witnessed by the handful of protesters in the capital Nairobi gathered to protest homosexuality ahead of Obama’s visit.

A group of Kenyans took to social media under the hashtag #KenyansMessageToObama  to push an anti-gay message.

In his previous trip to Africa in 2013, Obama made a statement in support of gay-rights prompting Senagalese President Macky Sall to remind him that his country was not ready to decriminalize homosexuality.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed to reporters that there would be no constraints on what Obama will discuss during his trip to Kenya.

Click here for more information and opinions from THE WASHINGTON POST

Advertisements

2 comments

  1. 14 years in prison? Really? Why a population would be opposed to someone’s sexual preference is way beyond me. Seriously, why someone would be offended by something that doesn’t affect them is mind-boggling. Anyone opposed to homosexuals should be ashamed of themselves.
    I hope Obama has the courage to stand up for civil rights and put a stop the homophobic nonsense.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s