US Ambassador downplays gay marriage backlash in Kenya
16 July 2015, 08:16
Mombasa - US ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec had downplayed recent gay marriage backlash in Kenya following the legalisation of the same in all the 50 states of America.
Godec said the American government was fully committed to human rights protection and no person should be denied their right because of their sexual orientation.
“Generally, the US is absolutely committed to equal treatment of everyone. Nobody should be denied their rights because of who they love,” said Godec.
Speaking exclusively to News24 in Mombasa, Godec said that Americans believe that LGBTS and lesbians have same rights as other people in the society.
“This a simple issue of human rights that we are fully committed to in our nation,” said Godec.
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His remarks comes just days before the planned trip of the United States of America President to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
Obama's visit has already sparked a hot debate amongst Kenyans who demand that he be stopped from advocating for gay rights during the visit.
Political elite in the country have already taken their stance against homosexuality, with Deputy President William Ruto reiterating that homosexuals have no place Kenya.
“Kenyan is God fearing nation. We will stand with religious leaders, our faith and beliefs. We will not allow homosexuality in our society as it violates our religious and cultural believes," Ruto was quoted as saying.
So far, about 5000 anti-gay crusaders have planned a nude protest against homosexuality during Obama's visit.
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