In a straight reversal of the Bush administration's policy, President Barack Obama will sign the non-legally binding United Nations declaration advocating for the decriminalization of homosexuality. By signing the document submitted by France in December 2008, President Obama wants to demonstrate his commitment to the wide spectrum of human rights. It is a significant positive step for gay rights worldwide. Unfortunately Kenya remains a signatory to the opposing statement.
Human rights groups report that homosexuality is still outlawed by more than 85 countries and that it is punishable by death in several Islamic states, including Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen. I am running a poll (to the left side of this blog) asking whether Kenya should decriminalize homosexuality. Please leave a comment to let others know what you think.
Yours truly even gets a mention.