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Kenya’s National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) in 2016 filed against the law criminalizing homos3xual relations, asking for it to be abolished,they insisted that it gave rise to a climate of homophobia.
The case was put on hold, as it wasn’t heard until February 2018 and a verdict from the jury was initially expected in February 2019 but delayed until Friday 24th of May 2019.
The judges rejected the claims made by the campaigner of gay right that the colonial-era law violated the new constitution, which guarantees equality, dignity and privacy.
The penal code criminalises “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” – widely understood to refer to anal intercourse between men. Gay s3x in Kenya punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
But Njeri Gateru ,”a co-founder of the (NGLHRC) says The law is not limited to men, that lesbian, bi, trans and non-binary voices are also affected.
“The general public doesn’t know that the law not only applies to male relationships
“They include other sexual minorities in their prejudice.”
One of the petitioners, and a gay right activist Eric Gitari has vowed to appeal against the decision which he called “very biased”.