After his little joke he started lecturing Kenya about homosexuality.
‘When you start treating people differently, not because of any harm they are doing to anybody but because they are different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode.’
‘[If] somebody is a law-abiding citizen, going about their business… and not harming anybody… the idea they are going to be treated differently or abused because of who they love is wrong. Full stop.’
In response, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was standing beside Obama, declared that gay rights are a ‘non-issue’ in the country, and that the matter is far from a priority for Kenyans.
He said that while the U.S. and Kenya agree on a lot, there are some things that cultures or societies just don’t accept. It is difficult to impose beliefs on people that they don’t accept, he said.
He added that after Kenya deals with other, more pressing issues such as terrorism, it can begin to look at new issues. But he said for the moment, gay rights is not at the forefront for the country.