Kenya’s high court has dealt a serious blow to that country’s gay community, by ruling that penal code provisions punishing “gay sex” are constitutionally valid. But judges in other parts of the world are meanwhile playing a far more pro-active role in protecting gay people who come under attack merely because of their sexual orientation. The latest court to offer protection to gays and transgender people is Brazil’s Supreme Court.
The judgment of the constitutional and human rights division of Kenya’s high court must have been a great disappointment to the gay community there. In the decision, the three judges give no sense that they understand the very real dangers that this community experiences, with the bench merely observing that no evidence of any such danger, threats or discrimination had been provided to the court.