Despite Threats, Obama Makes A Case For Gay Rights In Kenya
Despite many threats against Obama’s decision to bring up anti-gay discrimination, during his conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta while on his African tour, the President went and did it anyway because that’s just who he is.
In a discussion with President Kenyatta on Saturday, Obama exclaimed:
“If somebody is a law-abiding citizen who is going about their business and working in a job and obeying the traffic signs and doing all the other things that good citizens are supposed to do and not harming anybody, the idea that they are going to be treated differently or abused because of who they love is wrong”
He went on to discuss separation of church and state (and bedroom activities):
“And, you know, the state does not need to weigh in on religious doctrine. The state just has to say, we’re going to treat everyone the same under the law.”
Disappointingly, Kenyatta countered Obama and said:
“There are some things that we must agree we don’t share,” he said. “Our culture, our societies don’t accept [homosexuality].”
Homosexuality is actually illegal in Kenya. Given the huge support of Barack Obama in the country however, I wonder if the tides will change.
Obama’s next stop in Africa will be Ethiopia, where homosexuality is also illegal.