Kenya's Constitution Minister Wants Gay Rights Respected

Published: October 11, 2010

Kenyan Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Mutula Kilonzo, has expressed his support for gays and lesbians access to health services without being discriminated against, making him the second cabinet minister to embrace gay rights.

The minister spoke passionately on the need to uphold the rights of the marginalised, particularly based on sexual orientation, barely a week after his Special Programmes colleague, Esther Murugi, publicly urged the government to help the gay community in the war against HIV and Aids.

Mutula warned that those who violate the law by discriminating against the LGBTI community will face full force of the law. 

“This will be a very gross violation of our Bill of Rights in the new constitution if anyone attempts to discriminate members of the minority groups”, the minister stressed adding that no one should be denied services on grounds of his or her sexual orientation.

The minister was addressing  journalists after the East African Region Professionals Conference at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya.

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