President Barack Obama urged African nations to abandon laws criminalizing homosexuality, clashing with his host in Kenya, who called gay rights a "non-issue" for Kenyans, the Yahoo Finance website reports today (July 25, 2015).
Obama compared anti-gay policies to racial segregation and said equal treatment for all groups is crucial to both economic growth and the fight against terrorism.
"I've been consistent all across Africa on this," Obama said during a news conference today in Nairobi, Kenya with Uhuru Kenyatta, the president of Kenya, where homosexual acts are illegal and gays often are subject to harassment.
Kenyatta said that Kenyans are more focused on countering militants, bringing women into the economy, and improving the nation's infrastructure. "The fact of the matter is that Kenya and the United States share so many values," Kenyatta said. "But there are some things that we must admit we don't share."