Supreme Court Ruling on LGBTQ Associations Raises Concerns

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09/13/2023

The Supreme Court of Kenya’s ruling on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) associations has been met with mixed reactions. The ruling, which dismissed a petition filed by Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma seeking to overturn a lower court ruling that allowed the registration of LGBTQ associations, has been welcomed by some LGBTQ rights groups as a victory for equality and non-discrimination. However, the ruling has also been condemned by a section of religious groups and leaders, who argue that it is against the country’s culture and values. The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (Supkem) has called the ruling “unfortunate” and said it will be announcing its next steps in the coming weeks. The CEO of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK), Dr Ezekiel Mutua, has also condemned the ruling, saying that homosexuality is not part of Kenyan culture.

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