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Kenyan President sidesteps gay rights discussion, says they’re a “nonissue”

Saturday, July 25, 2015
President Barack Obama, right, arrives with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for a bilateral meeting at State House in Nairobi, Kenya.
Gay sex is a crime in Kenya punishable by up to 14 years in prison. ...

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On eve of visit, Obama voices support for Africa LGBT rights

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Workers finish installing a large billboard showing Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, and President Barack Obama, right, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya. AP Photo/Ben Curtis
Many Kenyan politicians have warned Obama that any overtures on gay rights would not be welcomed in Kenya. ...

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Kenya’s anti-gay protest featuring 5,000 nude volunteers is cancelled

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto condemns Obama’s “aggressive support” for gay rights.
Republican Liberty Party leader Vincent Kidala says he “was forced to cancel it in a 2 a.m. phone call.” ...

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In Kenya, 5,000 naked people will protest Obama’s stance on gay marriage

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto
The protest's objective is to show Obama "the difference between a man and woman." ...

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Kenya’s deputy president: No place for gays here

Monday, May 4, 2015
Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto
William Ruto: "There's no room for homosexuality in this country. That one I can assure you." ...

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Kenya: Court orders government to register gay rights group

Monday, April 27, 2015
Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
The Kenyan constitution recognizes and protects the rights of minorities, the three judges of the High Court said in their ruling. The Non-Governmental Organization Co-ordination Board had refused to register the rights group on religious and moral grounds. ...

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Ugandan gays who fled persecution still feel danger in neighboring Kenya

Sunday, August 17, 2014
A Ugandan man is seen during the third Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, on Aug.  9, 2014.
NAIROBI, Kenya -- When a Ugandan court overturned the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed a victory. But not gay Ugandans who fled persecution to live in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya. "The reaction shocked me. ...

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Kenya considers harsh penalties against gays, including death by stoning

Monday, August 11, 2014
Stoning
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. The Republican Liberty Party in Kenya's National Assembly introduced the bill, prohibiting any form ...

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Gays in Kenya protest against Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill

Monday, February 10, 2014
Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
NAIROBI, Kenya - Gays and lesbians in Kenya have joined a global effort to protest against an anti-homosexuality bill passed by Uganda's parliament and now in the hands of the country's president. ...

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Kenyan author comes out as gay in response to anti-laws in Africa

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
BBCBinyavanga Wainaina
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Binyavanga Wainaina, the African author, journalist and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, has announced he is gay to protest laws criminalizing homosexuality on the continent. ...

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