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'Gays should not be given a platform to propagate homosexuality'

28 April 2015, 15:47 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – MPs in the Anti-gay caucus of National Assembly have vowed to appeal Monday’s High Court ruling allowing gays and lesbians to form and register their union in pushing for their rights.

The Anti-gay legislators led by Kiharu MP, Irungu Kangata said the controversial court ruling contravenes the African morality, warning that it will encourage the homosexuality practice.

“There is need to do fresh vetting of judges to avoid such controversial court rulings. We are going to appeal to the three-judge bench ruling not to allow foreign cultures to destroy our cultures,” said Kangata.

He reiterated that although the Judiciary is mandated to interpret laws legislated by Parliament, judges should desist from making controversial rulings that are against the society’s laid down moral guidelines.

“The more we allow homosexual rights, the more the chances of encouraging immorality and massive use of illegal drugs in addition to diseases,” said Kangata.

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National Assembly Minority Chief Whip, Thomas Mwadeghu said that although the Constitution warns against discrimination and infringement on other people’s rights, gays and lesbians should not be given a platform to propagate the homosexual practice.

“The Catholic Church, which I am also a member, does not allow homosexual practices but we are asked by the Pope to pray for the gays and lesbians to change. We should ensure that our children don’t fall prey to these immoral practices,” said Mwadeghu.

A three-judge bench composed of Isaac Lenaola, Mumbi Ngugi and George Odunga in their Monday ruling compelled the Non-Governmental Organization Board to recognize and register the homosexual union.

The board had earlier rejected to register the union on religious and moralistic grounds despite receiving the gays and lesbians’ application.

The judges ruled that the Constitution provides for recognition and protection of rights of “every person” and minority groups including gays and lesbians.  

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