Kenya High Court Delays Ruling On Whether To Strike Down Law Criminalizing Gay Sex; Washington Post Examines Similar Laws Across Africa

The Guardian: ‘Lives are hanging on the line’: Kenya delays landmark ruling on gay rights
“Judges in Kenya have postponed a long-awaited landmark ruling that could have led to sex between men or between women decriminalized. The attempt by LGBT campaigners to have colonial era legislation struck out has been closely watched by activists across Africa…” (Burke, 2/22).

Reuters: Kenya High Court delays ruling on law banning gay sex to May 24 — judge
“…The ruling, potentially a landmark decision for gay rights in Africa, was due to be issued on Friday, but the court said it needed until May 24 to reach a decision. Judge Chacha Mwita told a packed court in the capital, Nairobi, that the extra time was necessary because of the voluminous paperwork submitted in the case…” (Ndiso/Ratner, 2/22).

Washington Post: Kenya is close to legalizing homosexuality. What about the rest of Africa?
“…Kenya would not be the first country in Africa to legalize homosexuality, and probably would not be the last, either. Homosexuality is a major taboo across much of the continent, where most people adhere to either Christianity or Islam. But while legal processes are resulting in greater rights for LGBT people in some countries, others in Africa retain some of the harshest punishments in the world for homosexual conduct. Below is a look at where some of Africa’s countries stand…” (Bearak, 2/22).

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