Illegal Relations


Last week in Mtwapa, Kenya police arrested 5 men. What was their crime? Planning a wedding. In Kenya and throughout Africa, excluding South Africa, homosexuality is illegal and punishable by law. According to Sheikh Ali Hussein, a respected member of the Council of Imams and Preachers, “We cannot allow these young boys to ruin their future through homosexuality.”

This view is not unique to Africa. Countries such as Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, some parts of Nigeria and Somalia punish homosexual acts by death. In other countries, such as Barbados, Bangladesh, Guyana, Maldives, Myanmar/Burma, Qatar, Tanzania, Uganda, Pakistan and Sierra Leone, homosexuality is punished by life in prison. These laws are referred to as Sodomy Laws, which define certain sex acts as sex crimes.

What will be the fate of the 5 men in Kenya that were planning a wedding? Most likely jail time and a criminal record that will  cause them public scorn and put them at risk for attacks by their peers. When they were taken in by private citizens to law enforcement, there had been signs that they were beaten.  What kind of system bands love yet allows beatings?

Check out the world map below that marks the areas of the world and their stance on homosexuality.

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