Kenyans urge Supreme Court to respect religious tenets

2023-10-07 08:15:13
Kenyans urge Supreme Court to respect religious tenets

Hundreds of Muslims and Christians in the Kenyan capital gathered outside the Supreme Court to protest its decision to uphold the right of the LGBTQ community to associate, saying the decision condones immorality.

"Their actions are against God's commandments, and God's laws. We do not want the future, our kids, to be raised in a society whereby, they can't go, our boys cannot go after girls, our girls cannot go after our boys. You see? How can children be raised in such a society? This is what we are talking about. This is not a matter of violence. We have come here peacefully just to let the whole world know we are ready to die," protester Abdulkalil Ibrahim said.

A demonstration took place in Nairobi after Friday prayers, with protesters holding placards saying the verdict was due to neo-colonialists and demanding three of the five judges who supported the panel's majority decision to repent and resign.

"We, as a country, we do not want any donations from any other countries to force us with the LGBTQ laws. We want to follow our laws as Kenyans and as Allah says from the Quran. We want all the people to follow the real law that goes in standard with Allah's Quran. Our president to stand very firm to say that we do not want LGBTQ. The president of Uganda Yoweri Museveni said no. Tanzania said no. Kenya, we want it to be no," says protester Mohamed Suleiman.

Two dissenting judges opposed the ruling because Kenyan law prohibits same-sex relationships.

Lawmaker Mohamed Ali said that Kenya is a religious country and the court should respect that.

Kenya's neighbor Uganda passed an anti-LGBTQ law in May, which provides for the death penalty for aggravated homosexuality, defined as same-sex sexual relations, or if the perpetrator is infected with HIV.

(Source: Agencies)

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