Kenyan LGBT Activist Files A Case in High Court Calling For Legalization of Gay Sex!

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  National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission chairman Eric Gitari filed a case in Kenya’s High Court on Friday 15, calling for the demineralization of gay sex, which is punishable by 14 years in jail in Kenya. He asked the court to strike out sections of the Penal Code criminalizing gay sex because, he says, they violate constitutional rights to equality, dignity and privacy. He added that the legislation also made persecution, intimidation and blackmail of LGBT people seem socially acceptable.
 The Commission took to their Facebook page and posted a letter that said business would be temporarily halted and the security situation would be monitored to defend against any “unprecedented events” while work on the lawsuit takes place.
Mr. Eric Gitari
The law makes “carnal knowledge… against the order of nature” a crime attracting a 14 year sentence while “gross indecency with another male” is punishable by five years in jail. The petition argued that the laws “degrade the inherent dignity of affected individuals by outlawing their most private and intimate means of self-expression and stand in stark contrast to the Kenyan constitutional values of democracy, equality and the rule of law”.
 South Africa is the only African state that has legalized same-sex marriage – Homosexuality is taboo across Africa and the persecution of gay people is rife, with religious leaders’ often inciting mob violence against them.
“Our clients… are not willing to follow up these cases with the police because they don’t know how to explain to the police what they were doing with other men in the privacy of their bedrooms without admitting to committing offences.” Said Gitari who is also involved in a case challenging the government’s use of forced anal tests to prove that two men in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa were involved in sexual intercourse.  Kenya prosecuted 595 people under the Penal Code between 2010 and early 2014.
The Commission’s legal challenge is due to be heard in October.

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