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Kenyans criticize Obama’s push for gay rights in Africa

Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 01:33

President Uhuru Kenyatta says it's a ''non-issue'' and Christians say they disagree with U.S. President Obama's views on gay rights, as he departs their country for Ethiopia. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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As U.S. President Barack Obama's Kenyan trip comes to an end, a controversial message lingers -- one of gay rights. Kenya, like many African states, outlaws homosexual behavior. But Obama was clear he disagrees on the stance, speaking after a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Saturday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "I believe in the principle of treating people equally under the law..." But Kenyatta wouldn't budge. He said simply, there are some things the two countries don't share: (SOUNDBITE)(English) KENYAN PRESIDENT, UHURU KENYATTA, SAYING: "It's very difficult for us to be able to impose on people that, which they themselves do not accept. This is why I repeatedly say for Kenyans today the issue of gay rights is really a non issue. We want to focus on other areas that are day-to-day living for our people." Many Kenyans who attended this mass, Sunday, said they were glad Obama finally visited his ancestral homeland. But they say, they disagree with his views on gay rights. The priest at the church explained, what he calls, their Christian point of view: (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRIEST AT HOLY FAMILY BASCILICA, PETER KAMOMOE, SAYING: "... a family consists of a woman and a man, and of course the fruits of their coming together. The fruits of their marriage is having children." Obama has departed Kenya for Ethiopia -- a country which, unlike the U.S., does not allow same-sex marriage either.

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Kenyans criticize Obama’s push for gay rights in Africa

Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 01:33