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Kenya’s High Court has decided to dismiss the petition filed in 2016 by three Kenyan LGBT organizations to abolish sections 162 and 165 of the Kenyan Penal Code that bans same-sex relationships. The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel came down today—May 24, 2019—the same day that Taiwan held its first official gay marriages.
One of the reasons cited by the judges for retaining their country’s anti-LGBT laws is the lack of evidence that discrimination against the LGBT community exists. Justice Mativo reportedly said, “Petitioners failed to provide credible evidence to demonstrate that they had been discriminated against.” Adding, “Evidence submitted showing that LGBT people have been denied healthcare services on the basis of their sexuality were general statements that did not meet the burden of proof.”
According to Kenya’s law, two or more people (whether straight or gay couple) engaging in sexual activities such as anal sex, oral sex, rimming, handjobs, and many others that “do not involve the penis penetrating the vagina” have committed a crime. They refer to anal intercourse as “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” and it carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison. Gross indecency, on the other hand, is defined as any sexual activity between two men committed in public or private that does not involve penetration and is punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison.
A 2013 Pew Research Center survey revealed that 90% of Kenyans believe “homosexuality should not be accepted by society.” The decision, therefore, did not come as a surprise to the LGBT activists who vowed to appeal the ruling. Read the entire story here and take a look at some of the netizen’s reaction on Twitter regarding the High Court’s decision below:
Sex is primarily for reproduction and there is no known history or science where same sex animals ever reproduced. Same sex relationships are artificial creations to justify deviance. #Repeal162— Antony Tito Sammy (@tito_antony) May 24, 2019
Kenyans would rather be mad at LGBTQ having their rights than being mad at state officers stealing and misusing their taxes. Sounds so christian of them #Repeal162— Cj Barongo (@cjbarongo) May 24, 2019
Honestly, when fornicators and adulterers, thieves and coveters come on here quoting scripture and passing judgement on #Repeal162 I struggle to take them seriously. Your sins were so grave that they had to be cast in stone and made into law. How then can you come judging love?— Kimmy🌼 (@she_wambui) May 24, 2019
I choose not to judge. Who are we to deny two consenting adults the joy of love and sex? It’s time for us to live and let live. I wouldn’t want to see any LGBTIQ+ Kenyan killed or thrown in jail just for being different. #GodIsLove #Repeal162— Hon. Esther M Passaris (@EstherPassaris) May 24, 2019
High Court in Kenya has upheld the #Repeal162. SAD!— waikwa wanyoike (@waikwawanyoike) May 24, 2019
Kenya remains among countries that laws are used to persecute #LGBTQ. SHAME!
But battles for personal freedoms like those for political freedoms are won through PERSISTENCE.
Be sure we have not seen the last of this YET pic.twitter.com/udEle4MzaJ
Sad day for love, liberty, and equality for all. May we live to fight another day. Be safe. Hold your loved ones close. #Repeal162— Wanuri (@wanuri) May 24, 2019
I’m unapologetically homophobic. Gays and associated proxies can find their own world #Repeal162— Almuran™ (@TheAlmuran) May 24, 2019
Kenya continues to be an embarrassment. #repeal162— B (@brendawambui) May 24, 2019
In the 80’s Christians were against pain relief for women during child birth because it was not our culture and it was not the will of God. #Repeal162— Winfred Murugi (@winnieoct26) May 24, 2019
One of those days when HYPOCRITES come out in large numbers with bible verses left, right and centre. Kenya is not a CHRISTIAN NATION, we are merely a church going nation. If it were we wouldn’t have the levels of corruption, impunity & social ills that we have. #Repeal162— Miguna Mikono (@bkairu5) May 24, 2019
We have shown you our scars. We have given you our labour. We have told stories, repeatedly. We have bled, we have starved, we have died. And still. You find no reason for the pain to end.— Kiko Enjani ⚓ (@KikoEnjani) May 24, 2019
Cos you like to watch.