President Obama Stands Up for LGBT Rights at Press Conference in Kenya

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Even though President Obama was urged not to speak about LGBT rights while in Nairobi because being gay is illegal in Kenya, it didn't stop him from openly talking about the need for equality.

During a press conference with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, President Obama was asked about the "status of LGBT Kenyans" and he didn't shy away from the issue. Instead, he openly said that "the idea that a 'law-abiding citizen' could be treated differently under the law was simply wrong," according to Huffington Post.

"I'm unequivocal on this," he continued. "If somebody is a law-abiding citizen who is going about their business and working in a job and obeying the traffic signs and doing all the other things that all citizens are supposed to do, and not harming anybody, the idea that they are gonna be treated differently or abused because of who they love is wrong, full stop."

Obama went on to say that he believes in treating people as equal under the law because everyone is "deserving of equal protection under the law" no matter their sexual orientation.  

Kenya's president replied that his country didn't share the same values as the U.S. when it comes to LGBT equality. 

"This is why I repeatedly say that for Kenyans today, the issue of gay rights is really a non-issue. We want to focus on other areas that are day-to-day living for our people. Maybe once we overcome some of these challenges, we can begin to look at new ones," Kenyatta said.

Obama concluded the press conference saying that when a government habitually treats people differently that hate can spread. 

"All sorts of rationalizations that were provided by the power structure for decades in the United States for segregation and Jim Crow and slavery and they were wrong."


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