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Gays have rights in Kenya, Ruto told

08 May 2015, 18:56 William Korir

Nairobi - Human Rights Groups have told Deputy President William Ruto that gays have rights in Kenya and that he should apologize for stating otherwise.

In a statement, the 5 rights groups stated categorically that they agreed with a recent high court ruling that allowed gays and lesbians in the country to form a human interest group.

They also criticized Ruto's statement that gays have no place in Kenya, saying that the constitution protects them.

The five, the Kenya Human Rights Commission, the National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders, the Katiba Institute, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya were reacting to criticism from Ruto over their supposed intention to exist in the country.

They said that  the court’s decision was a win for the Gay and Lesbian community in Kenya, arguing that it was an issue of human rights as provided for in the Constitution.

" We wish to reiterate that the Kenya Constitution recognizes and protects the rights of all persons regardless of their gender and sexual orientation as the court ruled," they said in a joint statement.

In its ruling, the high court stated that the Constitution of Kenya was supreme and the state could not rely on religious texts or its views on what the moral and religious convictions of Kenyans are to justify the limitation or a right.

" Hence the refusal by the NGO Registration Board to register the LGBT rights group based on religious beliefs or moral inclinations was totally unconstitutional and unacceptable," they added.

Ruto last week stated that Gays and Lesbians were not allowed in Kenya and that the bible as well as other religious books were against them.

He described them as immoral and their behaviour unacceptable.

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