Leave your same sex marriage views at home, Kenyans tell Obama

by Kimberly Pennington, National Correspondent |
Kenyan legislator Irungu Kang'ata, MP of the Kiharu constituency, leads the anti-gay caucus as they chant slogans against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community during a march along the streets in Kenya's capital Nairobi July 6, 2015. The demonstration is aimed at U.S. President Barack Obama, who protesters fear will put pressure on the government to legalise same-sex marriage during his upcoming visit on July 25. | REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

NAIROBI, Kenya (Christian Examiner) -- Kenyan National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and other government leaders are warning President Barack Obama to keep his pro same-sex marriage ideologies to himself when he visits his father's homeland later this month.

"Individual rights must not violate the rights of others. Those advancing gay rights must similarly appreciate our Christian, Islamic and African traditional values which abhor homosexuality," Muturi stated.

In a 2013 trip to Senegal, West Africa, Obama pushed for same-sex rights in that nation during a news conference with Senegal's president Macky Sall.

Sall publicly refuted Obama stating nations address complex issues according to their own timetables.

Muturi is not the only African leader speaking against potential issues Obama could raise.

Breitbart reports Irungu Kangata, a lawmaker in The National Alliance (TNA) party, said, "We are telling Mr. Obama when he comes to Kenya this month and he tries to bring the abortion agenda, the gay agenda, we shall tell him to shut up and go home."

According to The Standard of Nairobi, Kangata also said Kenyans would protest against Obama over the gay agenda issue while he visited their country.

Cecily Mbarire, another TNA lawmaker, said her government should not accept foreign aid from any group with an agenda to legalize same-sex marriage.

In spite of the warnings, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said there would be no limitations on "human rights" issues the President would address. "We have been clear that when the president travels around the world he does not hesitate to raise concerns about human rights," he stated.

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto asserts that homosexuality is not according to God's plan and Kenyans will not tolerate it. The Daily Nation reports Ruto recently encouraged both Christians and Muslims to stand for their faith vowing no philosophies or theories would change their minds on this issue. "We believe in God. This is a God fearing nation and will continue to be so," he said.

Other Kenyan lawmakers are considering a boycott of Obama's welcoming ceremony while National Assembly member, Charles Njagagua, said he would have Obama ejected from the House if he pushes same-sex marriage.

Homosexual sex is a criminal offense in Kenya that carries a penalty of up to 14 years in jail.