NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11 -The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) said on Friday that it remained opposed to any attempts to promote same-sex relationships and prostitution.
This follows recommendation by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) advocating for such practices to be legalised.
The government human rights watchdog argued that this was the only way to promote the right to health of sexual minorities and avoid discrimination in access to healthcare services especially reproductive health.
“We are concerned that the direction the debate has taken is that of the recognition of homosexuality and prostitution which are against African beliefs and more so our Christian principles,” argued NCCK Secretary General Peter Karanja.
He said whereas the NCCK did not consider gays, lesbians and prostitutes as criminals, the matter touched on the core of societal morals and should not be handled casually.
“This is a matter that deserves reflective discussion by our society in recognition of our values and beliefs,” he stated adding that these practices were considered sinful by the word of God and were against His idea of creation.
“This is a view shared by our Muslim brothers and sisters. We do not however imply that those who practice them should be locked up, we believe they need assistance to change from these,” the cleric said.
He urged the KNCHR, the civil society and foreign governments advocating for the promotion of these rights to be sensitive to the beliefs and morals of Christians and other religious groups who remained opposed to such lifestyles.
United States President Barack Obama this week openly supported same sex marriages in a move that has received mixed reactions.