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Kenya’s first lady declares prayers against homosexuality

By BBC Africa

Supreme Court said Kenyan authorities were wrong to deny the gay community the right to association

Kenya’s First Lady Rachel Ruto has declared national prayers against homosexuality in the country, saying the family unit was under attack.

Mrs. Ruto said the country cannot condone the Supreme Court ruling last month that upheld the LGBTQ community’s right to association.

“We should not even try to talk about LGTBQ. This is a conversation we should not even have in our country because accepting it is like throwing our morals into the dustbin,” the first lady said on Sunday.

Homosexuality remains criminalized in Kenya. The Supreme Court ruled that refusal to allow the LGBT community to register lobby groups in Kenya would violate their right to association, as provided in the Kenyan constitution.

However, the ruling was met with protests from President William Ruto, and religious leaders in Kenya.

Kenya’s attorney-general said the government would challenge the court’s ruling, insisting that the issue is a matter for public consultations rather than the courts.

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