Deputy President of Kenya Says There's "No Room For Gays"

You might want to cancel your plans to Kenya.

“The Republic of Kenya is a republic that worships God. We have no room for gays and those others,” Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto said at a church service on Sunday – the same day U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the country for talks.

Ruto’s spokesman Emmanuel Talam confirmed the deputy president’s remarks made at a Nairobi church congregation in Swahili, adding: “The government believes that homosexual relations are unnatural and un-African.”.

NBC News adds:
The United States — which provides annual aid of nearly $1 billion to Kenya — has been at the forefront of calls for gay rights in Africa and has criticized anti-gay laws on the continent. When neighboring Uganda passed a law last year that toughened prison sentences against gays, Kerry described it as “atrocious.” The law was later struck down by a court.

“Kenya’s deputy president joins an important tradition by Africans in power to spread hate in church on a Sunday,” Binyavanga Wainana, an openly gay prominent Kenyan writer said on Twitter.

Homosexuality remains illegal in Kenya and has been so since colonial British rule, which ended in 1963.

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