In a significant move, the Russian Embassy in Kenya has thrown its weight behind Kenya’s stance on LGBTQ+ issues, citing the importance of preserving traditional values to prevent the doom of humanity.
The embassy made the announcement through its official Twitter account, stating that a country’s traditional values must be protected.
“Without intervention, humanity is doomed. That is only the beginning, the West will come for more. Traditional values shall be protected,” the tweet read.
This comes after Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua denounced same-sex marriages and relationships, describing them as satanic beliefs that contradict Kenya’s cultural and religious beliefs.
He also expressed confidence in President William Ruto’s leadership, pledging that same-sex marriage would not be tolerated under his watch.
Ruto himself has since issued a strong condemnation of same-sex marriage, terming it immoral and unconstitutional.
He promised that it would not be allowed in Kenya, despite the Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow the registration of LGBTQ+ associations.
While acknowledging the apex court’s decision, Ruto reiterated that same-sex marriage goes against Kenya’s laws and societal norms, which he said are grounded in Christian and Islamic teachings.
“Our culture, values, Christianity, and Islam cannot allow women to marry each other, or men to marry fellow men,” he said.
The President’s statement has been met with mixed reactions, with some expressing support for his stance on traditional values, while others have criticized him for discriminating against the LGBTQ+ community.
However, the embassy’s show of support for Kenya’s position is a significant development in the ongoing debate around LGBTQ+ rights in the country.
As the conversation around LGBTQ+ rights continues to evolve, it remains to be seen how Kenya’s leaders will navigate this complex issue while balancing the need to protect traditional values with the demand for equality and inclusivity.