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President Ruto, Raila Odinga oppose LGBTQ in Kenya

President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga today separately disagreed with calls to legalise the Lesbian Gay Transgender and Queers (LGBTQ) community in Kenya. 

The President spoke at the launch of the Women Fund on March 2 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) and declared that same sex unions will never be legalised in Kenya.

“I cannot allow our women to get competition from men who chase after men. That will not happen under my watch,” the President stated.

The President says in Kenya we have our culture and tradition and religions and we cannot travel the road of women marrying women or men marrying men.

Azimio leader Raila Odinga on his part said the Judiciary interprets but does not make Kenya’s laws.  “Article 45:2 states that every adult has a right to marry a person of the opposite sex based on the free consent of the parties,” he said. “It’s not the role of the judiciary to make laws. The Constitution recognises separation of powers.”

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, on the other hand, expressed his shock at the Supreme Court ruling which determined that there was discrimination towards the registration of an NGO. “I was shocked and even wondered what I could say. Do you know that there are times when you can be shocked until you have nothing to say? We are hearing that there is an organisation that wants to defend same-sex marriage. What is that? 

“We have no problem with the court but we have to ask what they imagine when a woman marries another woman. We do not have that and that is against our beliefs,” Gachagua stated.

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