Kenyan Leaders Slam President Obama’s Gay Rights Comments
July 1, 2013
President Barack Obama’s comments while in Senegal last week in support of gay rights aren’t sitting well with politicians in Kenya, where same-sex acts are treated as crimes.
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy president William Ruto slammed Obama’s remarks at separate religious events. Addressing a congregation Sunday, Ruto said Kenya will uphold its strong religious beliefs on homosexuality.
“This country, the nation of Kenya, is a God-fearing nation,” Ruto said.
Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya, where 90 percent of people believe homosexuality is wrong, according to the Pew Research Center.
“Those who believe in other things, that is their business,” Ruto said, referring to Obama’s comments in support of gay marriage. “We believe in God.”