Kenyan church leaders call for ban on govt recognition of gay lobbying groups

The Archbishop of Kenya has called upon the country’s Registrar of Societies to resist a court order directing it to register the country’s first civil gay rights organization. On 27 April 2015 Archbishop Eliud Wabukala said the ruling by a Nairobi High Court misconstrued the country’s new constitution. “The judgement was made on very narrow considerations and it is not only against Christianity but also against the Muslim teachings and traditions,” the archbishop told the Mothers’ Union executive committee at the Imani Conference Centre in Nakuru at the close of their three-day national conference. The court ruling had overturned an administrative ruling denying registration of a gay rights lobbying group, which held the purposes of the society offended the country’s moral, cultural and religious sensibilities. Archbishop Wabukala said the Christian religion and African culture were opposed to same-sex marriage.  “The church supports a family unit and the society at large. Families can only be formed through the right family unit. Any law that goes against the family values is naïve and should not be allowed in any country,” the archbishop said according to local press reports.


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