A proposed anti-gay bill in Kenya wants gays and lesbians jailed for 50 years for non-consensual sex.
The bill, titled Family Protection Bill 2023 and sponsored by Homa Bay Town legislator Peter Kaluma, aims to ban homosexuality, same-sex unions, and LGBTQ activities and campaigns.
It also seeks to prohibit gay parades, assemblies, marches, and public cross-dressing.
According to the bill, “individuals engaging in non-consensual same-sex acts could face imprisonment for a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 50 years. Owners of premises used for same-sex relations may be fined $14,000 (£11,000) or serve a seven-year jail term if the bill becomes law”.
Clerics and civil society organisation groups staged anti-LGBTQ protests in the coastal city of Mombasa last week.
This also followed the decision of Kenya’s Supreme Court in mid-September to allow the registration of LGBTQ non-governmental organisations, overturning a decade-long dispute with the National Gay and Lesbian Rights Commission, which had been denied registration by Kenya’s NGO Coordinating Board.