U.S. President Obama Expresses Support For LGBT Rights While In Kenya

Agence France-Presse: No problem with gays, but keep it to yourself, say Kenyans
“People in Nairobi on Sunday gave a muted and measured response to U.S. President Barack Obama’s firm support for gay rights during his visit to Kenya…” (McConnell, 7/26).

The Atlantic: Why Obama Pushed for Gay Rights in Kenya
“…[Obama’s] trip did include one tense moment. Appearing at a press conference with his counterpart, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Saturday, Obama spoke out about the importance of gay rights in the country…” (Schiavenza, 7/26).

Inter Press Service: Obama Walks Fine Line in Kenya on LGBTI Rights
“… ‘When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode, and bad things happen,’ Obama said at a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta…” (Dutt, 7/25).

Wall Street Journal: President Barack Obama Condemns Kenya on Gay Rights
“…In an awkward moment of tension, Mr. Obama condemned Kenya’s treatment of gays and lesbians as ‘wrong — full stop’ while standing alongside Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta during a joint news conference…” (Lee/Vogt, 7/25).

Wall Street Journal: Obama to Address Human Rights Concerns as He Begins Visit to Ethiopia
“U.S. President Barack Obama formally began a two-day visit to Ethiopia on Monday, seeking to balance his goals of strengthening a key U.S. partnership for combating regional security threats while pressuring the country’s leaders to address democracy and human rights concerns…” (Lee, 7/27).

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