NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 – A caucus bringing together professionals, top religious leaders and Members of Parliament are now planning to go to the Court of Appeal to challenge the decision by the High Court allowing registration of organizations for homosexuals.
Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims Secretary General Adan Wachu says the move by the High Court will encourage the increase of gay people in Kenya which he says is against the country’s moral values.
“We will go to the Court of Appeal before we go to the Supreme Court. But we are confident that the court of appeal will of course revert the decision. Lawyers are working on it, the Muslims lawyers, Christian lawyers and the Hindus,” Wachu said during a press briefing on Saturday.
Kiharu MP Irungu Kangata who is also the parliamentary chair of Anti-Gay Caucus says they will stage demonstrations across the country to oppose the move.
“We have agreed on two things. One to launch a major appeal at the court of appeal. Two, to have a major demonstration which will be held in the first week of June on the dates we are going to set,” Irungu said.
The High Court on April 24 ruled that members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender be allowed to formally register their organisations under Non- Governmental Organisation Coordination Board Act.
The decision was issued in response to a petition filed by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHR).
Deputy President William Ruto has also added his voice on the issue by declaring his stand that gay and lesbians should not be allowed in Kenya. His comments were however received with heavy criticism with others demanding an apology from him.
Ruto said homosexuality went against the religious and cultural beliefs of Kenyans
Despite the protest, Human Rights groups have commended the decision by the High Court to allow the registration of a gay organisations as they are minority groups.
They argue that the ruling did not approve gay marriages, but recognises that all people enjoy the same rights under the law.