Obama's Visit Sparks Debate on Gay Rights in Kenya, Africa



One particular issue has been gripping many Kenyans in recent days. Just what is Barack Obama going to say about gay rights? As in much of Africa, homosexuality is widely frowned upon in Kenya. Some MPs have warned the American president to avoid the matter. But Obama’s reportedly said, he will indeed be raising the issue when he’s here. CCTV’s Kathryn Ogunde has more

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23 thoughts on “Obama's Visit Sparks Debate on Gay Rights in Kenya, Africa

  1. Although homosexuality is widely frowned upon in Africa, homosexual behaviour is quite common in Africa (like sex  is sex) and nobody cares about it, except  religious people, brainwashed by hypocritical priests.

  2. Follow the example of Jesus. His ministry was about lifting people up, not tearing them down, and the way to Him is to love Him, which means all sisters and brothers have to be fed, clothed, housed, educated/trained, healthy and, as important, fussed over in a good way like they matter, because they do, for being made in His image. We'd honor His legacy by teaching folks the foundation of any human relationship must be centered in love, that when hate, coercion, adultery, promiscuity and pedophilia are present, individuals, families, communities and nations suffer. Taking care of people, genuinely caring for them, is the ultimate demonstration of love. I walk in solidarity with homosexual sisters and brothers because doing anything less is the opposite of the Christian Commission, a calling card anchored in the greatest commandment: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Many have forgotten that we mock it at our peril.

    Don't be a Bystander.

    Don't be a Perpetrator.

    "You know my name. Say your name. And call theirs."

    I'm calling your names.

    With all due respect.

  3. Response to "person" — My conception of God is, like everyone who believes in a Christian one, personal. He knows my heart, has never abandoned me nor mine, and you can't touch that. Why shouldn't homosexual Kenyans marry in civil, if not religious, ceremonies? Freedom from- and of- religion are constitutional. And all its citizens are equal, which is true (or a lie). And in God's eyes homosexuals are no more, or less, than heterosexuals. You speak of marriage — the definition of it has varied with time, and has included same-sex ones. Indeed some African ethnic histories and traditions bear witness to this truth. Also individuals got married for any number of reasons, including ones having nothing to do with love and/or procreation (about which African homosexuals, since forever and a day, have had offspring the old fashioned way). You don't understand what it means to know that God made Adam & Eve, Adaeze & Prudence, and Innocent & Kodjo. And you're no remedy. He makes no mistakes, my good "person." You know my name. And I'm calling yours. With due respect.

  4. 17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666."

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