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Kenya’s High Court Upholds Colonial-Era Laws Criminalizing Gay Sex

NPR: Kenya’s Judges Uphold Laws That Criminalize Gay Sex
“Kenya’s High Court has chosen to uphold colonial-era laws that criminalize gay sex, dashing the hopes of activists who believed the judges would overturn sections of the penal code as unconstitutional and inspire a sea change across the continent. Three judges said Friday that the laws in question did not target the LGBTQ community. They were not convinced that people’s basic rights had been violated, they said…” (Ingber, 5/24).

Reuters: Kenya’s high court unanimously upholds ban on gay sex
“Kenya’s high court on Friday upheld a law banning gay sex, keeping same-sex relations punishable by 14 years in jail in the East African nation and drawing strong criticism from the United Nations and rights activists. Same-sex relationships are a crime in more than 70 countries around the world, almost half of them in Africa…” (Ndiso, 5/24).

Additional coverage of the court’s ruling is available from CNN, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and VOA News.