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.
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.
dissenting judges opposed the ruling because Kenyan law prohibits same-sex
Mohamed Ali said that Kenya is a religious country and the court should respect
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.