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Boni Khalwale shares sentiments on law protecting same sex marriages

By Wangu Kanuri December 15th, 2022 2 min read

Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale has shared his sentiments on the signing into law of a bill granting federal protections to same-sex marriage.

The law which was signed by USA President Joe Biden noted that love is love, right is right and so is justice.

However, Khalwale feels that love is not just love when it comes to romantic relationships more so when same-sex come into play.

“These white people! Anyway, in our African world, the world of Christians, Muslims and the world of all faith-based organisations, love is between people of the opposite sex,” he said.

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President Biden who had taken a similar stand when he was the Vice-president touted the landmark law as a rights victory.

“America takes a vital step toward equality, for liberty and justice, not just for some, but for everyone,” he said during the signing ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

Discussions around same-sex marriages and relationships are still held in hushed tones in Kenya though members of LGBTQ publicly show their love for their lovers on social media turning a deaf ear to the hate comments they receive.

Heads of State in East Africa have also shunned the debate around LGBTQ. Former President Uhuru Kenyatta in an interview with Christiane Amanpour of CNN, Mr Kenyatta said same-sex relations were not an issue of human rights, but rather of ‘our own base as a culture.’

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With homosexuality being illegal in Kenya, Mr Kenyatta further shared, “I won’t engage in a subject that is of no importance to the people of Kenya. This is not an issue of human rights, this is an issue of our own base as a culture, as a people regardless of which community you come from.”

President William Ruto’s stance on homosexuality was similar to his predecessor.

The Head of State in an interview with Amanpour said, “We have Kenyan law, we have Kenyan constitution, we have our tradition, customs; we will continue to respect other people’s customs as they respect our customs and traditions.”

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni also noted that it is not a discussion in Uganda terming them as deviants.

“They are not killed… but we don’t promote them. We don’t promote and flaunt homosexuality as if it is an alternative way of life,” he said.

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