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Obama, Kenya clash on gay rights

By Chase WadeJuly 27, 2015

07/27/15

President Barack Obama as he departs for his trip to Africa
President Barack Obama as he departs for a trip to Ethiopia and Kenya on July 23. Getty Images

President Barack Obama's historic trip to Kenya was all smiles and handshakes, right up until the moment Obama spilled the tea on Kenya’s treatment of its LGBTQ community. In a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, the two leaders butted heads on gay rights. Obama reaffirmed his stance on the issue stating, "I believe...in treating people equally." Kenyatta? Not so much. The Kenyan President responded to Obama's shade calling gay rights a "non-issue.” Being gay in Kenya isn’t a cakewalk, after all.  Homosexuality is illegal, and gay Kenyans can spend decades behind bars as a result. Kenyatta is a fierce defender of the strict, anti-gay laws. As research points out, the gay community has a looong way to go before achieving equality in Africa.