ADDED ON: 05/29/2019

Kenya High Court sharply criticized for upholding sodomy law

05/28/2019 | Washington Blade

Activists in Kenya have sharply criticized their country’s High Court over its ruling that upheld the constitutionality of a colonial-era sodomy law. The New York Times reported activists were inside the courtroom in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on May 24 when a three-judge panel issued their ruling. OutRight Action International in a press release it issued with a quote from Njeri Gateru, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, a Kenyan advocacy group, notes the judges concluded the provisions of the sodomy law that Eric Gitari and other plaintiffs challenged do not discriminate against LGBTI Kenyans because they do not target a specific group of people. The press release notes the judges concluded the provisions of the sodomy law do not violate an LGBTI person’s right to privacy or dignity. It also highlights the judges dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims the sodomy law is unconstitutional because the decriminalization of consensual same-sex sexual relations in Kenya “would indirectly open the door to same-sex unions” that “would be against values of the constitution.”


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