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Kenyan Deputy President Condemns Homosexuality

A government official in the African nation of Kenya is expressing his opposition to legalizing homosexuality, stating there is no room for gays in African society. Speaking at a church service in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, William Ruto told the congregation, “We will not allow homosexuality as it violates our religious and cultural beliefs.” Ruto, Kenya’s deputy president, made the remarks in Swahili and a video was picked up by a Kenyan broadcaster. Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya and punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Binyavanga Wainana, an openly gay Kenyan writer, responded by tweeting Ruto was simply following a long tradition of spreading hate through the church.

National

Hoteliers Say it’s Hard To Make A Buck Off Gays

Owners of a New York hotel brand believe gays are not big spenders. In an interview with New York Magazine, Ian Reisner, co-owner of Out NYC Hotel, said gay people have a sense of entitlement in what they expect from the hospitality and service industry. “Do you know how challenging it is to make a penny off a gay person?,” Reisner told the magazine. “I’m gay, I don’t pay cover. I’m gay, where’s my comp drink?” Reisner and his partner Mati Weiderpass, who are gay, created a firestorm last month when they hosted a dinner for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

Local/State

Florida Legislature Deadlocked Over Healthcare Issues

The Florida legislature remains in a stalemate with the House of Representatives and Senate unable to come to an agreement over Medicaid expansion and low income pool healthcare issues. Openly gay representative David Richardson (D-Miami Beach) said the two bodies will most likely be called back to Tallahassee for a special session in order to produce the state’s budget. “Our only constitutional mandate is to pass a budget,” Richardson said. “Sadly, the Republicans are fighting amongst themselves. How much will a special session cost the taxpayers?” Florida’s budgetary year begins July 1.

 


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