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Kenya considers harsh penalties against gays, including death by stoning

Monday, August 11, 2014
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NAIROBI, Kanya — Lawmakers in Kenya are considering a new draft bill that proposes harsh penalties against gays, including death by stoning or life in prison.

StoningThe Republican Liberty Party in Kenya’s National Assembly introduced the bill, prohibiting any form of sexual relations between people of the same sex.

Kenya’s Daily Nation reports that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is now before the Justice and Legal Affairs committee, which will consider the proposal and report back to members on its decision.

The bill calls for death by stoning in public for any foreigner who commits a homosexual act, and a life imprisonment for Kenyan nationals found guilty.

Anyone found guilty of “aggravated homosexuality” would also be stoned to death in public.

“Aggravated homosexuality” would include committing the acts with people below 18 years, if the offender is a person living with HIV, if those persons committing the act are persons in authority over their victims, serial offenders and where a victim is a person with a disability.

β€œThe petition aims at providing a comprehensive and enhanced legislation to protect the cherished culture of the people of Kenya, legal, religious and traditional family values against the attempts of sexual rights activists seeking to impose their values of sexual promiscuity on the people of Kenya,” the bill states.

The bill’s sponsors say the legislation recognizes the fact that “same sex attraction is not an inborn and unchallengeable characteristic.”

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