Kenya Delays Vote on Gay Sex Ban Until May

Kenyan parliament. photo credit: Jimslim, wiki user

A vote to remove provisions under Kenya’s penal code that criminalize gay sex would’ve happened Friday, but the court wasn’t ready.

They stalled the vote until May 24 because some judges were absent and they couldn’t get through all the necessary files. If the judges change the code in May, they’d be the first country to decriminalize gay sex in East Africa, according to VOA News. 

“Gay issues are very sensitive in this country, and I think even with the judges they cannot make these decisions by themselves. I think they need to consult from other government bodies and I think that’s why they are still pushing it. They still need some time,” Felix Kasanda, an LGBT rights activist told VOA.

The “sensitive” sections of the code that criminalize gay sex could sentence those convicted to up to 14 years in prison.

 


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