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Legalize gay marriages in proposed law changes – Atheists

Atheists In Kenya (AIK) want legalisation of same sex marriages to be among the proposed changes in the constitution being pushed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga.

In backing the calls for a constitutional referendum,  AIK wants article 45 (2) of the constitution changed for “marriage to be between any two consenting adults irrespective of sexual orientation”.

“We also ask parliament to review the Penal Code and expunge sections that criminalized homosexual behavior, in particular section 162, 163 and 165 of the Penal Code. If need be, we will challenge the penal code in court,” AIK vice president Daisy Siongok said in a statement.

The group has also hit out at Kenya Films Classification Board (KFCB) for banning Kenyan film Rafiki on grounds that it promotes lesbianism.

The film by Wanuri Kahiu is a story of two teenage girls who develop a romantic relationship that is opposed by their families and community.

AIK accused KFCB of promoting homophobia.

“It aims to promote homophobia, stigma and discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals in Kenya,” said Ms Siongok.

“It is not lost on us that religious institutions in Kenya are principally the ones against gay or lesbian marriages. Mr Ezekiel Mutua is being driven by religious biases when addressing these issues,” she added.