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Ruto wrong on gay rights, Obama says

24 July 2015, 11:49 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - US President Barrack Obama says that Deputy President William Ruto is wrong in as far as Gay rights is concerned, stating that the world is an equal playing field for all kinds of people.

Speaking to the BBC ahead of his tour to Kenya where he arrived Friday, Obama said African states need to guarantee freedom of religion, sexual orientation and gender equality.

Referring to Ruto directly, Obama was open on his beliefs about Gay marriages.

" I disagree with him. I was very blunt about my belief that everybody deserves fair treatment, equal treatment in the eyes of the law and the state, he said. That includes gays, lesbians, transgender persons. I am not a fan of discrimination and bullying of anybody on the basis of race, on the basis of religion, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender," he added.

Ruto was quoted as saying during a church service that there was no place in Kenya for gays.

" This country does not allow such associations and will not be forced to," he stated.

The whole gay rights issue has brought a serious debate in Kenya, with many stating that they will protest heavily if Obama mentions it during his stay in the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has so far termed the issue of gay rights something not to discuss when asked about it.

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