Obama Voices Support For Gay Rights In Africa Before Arriving In Kenya, Ethiopia

Agence France-Presse: Kenya lockdown as Obama comes to talk security, trade
“U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in his ancestral homeland Kenya late Friday, with a massive security operation under way to protect him from Al-Qaeda-linked Somali militants…” (McConnell/Smith, 7/24).

Associated Press: On eve of visit, Obama voices support for Africa gay rights
“President Barack Obama voiced strong support for gay rights in Africa on Thursday as he began a trip to the continent, bucking calls from some African leaders to keep his views on such controversial issues to himself…” (Superville, 7/23).

POLITICO: Obama faces gay rights challenge in Kenya
“…Some African leaders have warned Obama not to raise the issue of gay rights during his trip. That puts Obama in a tough spot: His administration has made promoting LGBT tolerance a key goal of his foreign policy, but pushing too hard could backfire in countries where anti-gay rhetoric is a surefire way for leaders to get attention and votes…” (Wheaton, 7/23).

Wall Street Journal: Antigay Sentiment Poses Dilemma for Kenya Ahead of Obama Visit
“…While most of Kenya is overjoyed at the visit, the country’s vocal antigay movement is protesting and issuing condemnations. The uproar threatens to upset the government’s delicate balancing act in a country where homosexuality is illegal but starting to become more accepted…” (Vogt, 7/23).

Wall Street Journal: History, Policy to Shape Obama’s Africa Trip
“…Obama plans to showcase initiatives he hopes will define his Africa legacy, such as steps to increase access to electricity…” (Lee/Vogt, 7/24).

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