Clerics from Redeemed Church respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Clerics from Redeemed Church have strongly criticized the recent decision made by the Kenyan Supreme Court regarding the freedom of association for Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ)
In a significant decision in 2013, the Supreme Court ruled on a case filed by the National Gay and Lesbians Human Rights Commission. The case sought to require the Non-Governmental Organisation Co-ordination Board to set aside a name for the purpose of promoting LGBTQ rights.
The Supreme Court, in a ruling made in February 2023, declared that the lower courts’ decision to deny the gay community in Kenya the right to register as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) was discriminatory.
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Archbishop Arthur Kitonga and other religious leaders have strongly condemned the recent ruling, arguing that the LGBTQ groups should not even be allowed in Kenya, a country that strongly upholds Christian doctrines.
Kitonga stated that allowing such groups to operate in the country could bring curses upon Kenya, as it would amount to breaking the laws of God.
Rev. Joseph Ngutu of the Redeemed Gospel Church Tala also called for court rulings to be in line with biblical teachings.
Kitonga further announced his plan to convene a meeting with all church leaders to establish a unified stance on the issue, urging them not to remain silent.
Rev. Joshua Katua of Redeemed Church Umoja encouraged parents to intervene and fight against the ruling, as it could ruin children, particularly the family structure.
The leaders expressed their views during the funeral of Esther Mukeli Nyithya in Kaloleni village, Machakos County. Nyithya was the mother of Dr. Eziekiel Mutua, the CEO of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya.