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Kenya’s high court refuses to decriminalise homosexuality after judge rules there is ‘no scientific proof gay people are born that way’

LGBT activists gather for the ruling on whether to uphold or nullify law banning gay sex, outside the Milimani high Court in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Kenya has refused to scrap current laws that criminalise homosexuality 
  • Three-judge panel of Kenya's High Court voted unanimously to keep the law
  • People convicted of homosexual acts can face up to 14 years in prison
  • One judge said there was 'no conclusive scientific proof that LGBTQ people are born that way'

Kenya's High Court has refused to decriminalise same-sex relations today, in a disappointing verdict for gay rights activists across Africa where dozens of countries have similar laws

Kenya's High Court has refused to decriminalise homosexuality today, in a disappointing verdict for gay rights activists across Africa where dozens of countries have similar laws.

The three judges' unanimous ruling in the closely watched case was followed by activists' vows to appeal.

In making the ruling, one of the court's judge shocked the packed courtroom by saying there was 'no conclusive scientific proof that LGBTQ people are born that way'.

Many in Kenya's vibrant gay community had hoped the court would make history by scrapping the British colonial-era laws and inspiring other countries in Africa to do the same.

The three judges' (pictured) unanimous ruling today in the closely watched case was followed by activists' vows to appeal
Gay rights are 'not of any major importance' in the country, President Uhuru Kenyatta told CNN in an interview last year
A rainbow flag emblazoned with 'PACE' (Italian for 'peace') is carried by a man outside the High Court building in Nairobi

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Comment by The Future on June 5, 2019 at 11:44pm

America needs to get some real MEN in office and do this. No got damn body is born got damn gay. GOD don't make mistakes people do, to hell with that mess. Great work Africa, STAND UP!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Boanerges on May 27, 2019 at 5:07pm

Accurate ruling no scientific data to back it up

Comment by lynz on May 25, 2019 at 6:37am

This judge is simply stating the facts. Stand your ground Africa! 

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