President Barack Obama will not back down on his campaign recognizing LGBT right during his visit in Kenya this month, White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest said, according to the news, amidst calls from Kenyan politicians that the U.S. leader should not intervene in such issue.
In a response to a question asked by Washington Post, the Press Secretary said he is “confident that the president will not hesitate to make clear that the protection of basic fundamental human rights in Kenya is also a priority and consistent that we hold dear here in the United States of America.”
On June 26, the United States made history when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, propelling mixed reactions from conservatives and LGBT supporters from around the world.
But National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi said Mr. Obama would not be permitted to tackle homosexuality in his visit in Kenya, saying the “Parliament and citizens have the capability to sanction any advances perceived to encroach on our social fabric.” (Read: Zimbabwe leader will ask Obama’s hand in marriage)
Muturi confessed he is does not support homosexuality and “cannot condone gay practices” because he is a Christian. He also urged fellow Kenyans to abandon gay debates that had become an obsession and which is prohibited by their Constitution.
“In any case, even engaging in sodomy is a crime under the Kenyan Penal Code,” Muturi went further in expressing his opinion.
Individual rights over other’s rights
According to the Kenyan politician, individual rights must not encroach on other’s rights such that people who promote gay rights ought to similarly appreciate “Christian, Islamic and African traditional values which abhor homosexuality,” according to the news.
Meanwhile, Press Secretary Ernest denied any knowledge about Muturi’s statement as he said they “have been clear that when the President travels around the world, he does not hesitate to raise concerns about human rights.”
The issue of same-sex recognition has been part of civil rights activists’ campaign all over the world. Toronto, Canada celebrated in a love parade after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
In Australia, members of the parliament are divided over the issue. Before the United States, Ireland was the latest to have legalized same-sex marriage.