Majority leader Adan Duale tells off US President Barack Obama on same sex marriages
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Majority leader Adan Duale has disagreed with US President Barack Obama’s support for same sex marriages.
Speaking in Western Kenya on Saturday Duale said Kenyans were religious people who believed in family values and Obama’s endorsement to same sex orientation was likely to rub the society wrong way.
“Neither the Bible nor the Koran advocated for gays and lesbianism,” noted Duale. “If the U.S. agenda to Africa is to sell same sex marriages then Kenyans are better off with the consequences of electing the jubilee government,” he said.
In Senegal President Barack Obama said the Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage were a victory not just for gays and lesbians, but for American democracy.
He says as president, he believes federal benefits should be granted to couples married in a state that recognizes gay marriage even if they move to a state that doesn't.
Obama says he asked his lawyers to start evaluating how to update federal statutes to grant gay couples federal benefits even before the high court ruled.
Obama spoke in Dakar, Senegal, at a joint news conference with Senegal's President Macky Sall. Obama said different customs and religious beliefs must be respected in different countries, but states and laws should treat everyone equally.
Duale was speaking at the homecoming ceremony of the MP for Teso South Mary at Etarait primary school grounds also attended by Deputy President William Ruto.
On teacher’s strike, Ruto appealed to teachers to give dialogue a chance in resolving their grievances saying the government was ready, willing and committed to finding a speedy solution to the teachers strike that has paralyzed learning in public schools in the country for the last one week.
He appealed to the Kenya National Union of Teachers(KNUT) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers(KUPPET) to go to the negotiating table with the government saying he was sure such a meeting will come up with a solution.
He said, “I want to appeal to our teachers to please come we reason together to end this strike that is of no benefit to the nation.”
The Deputy President assured the meeting which was also attended by 29 Members of Parliament that the government was determined to ensure that that there is no repeat of a similar teachers strike in future adding it was willing to engage them to realize this goal.
The MPs who spoke at the function concurred with him noting that the industrial action taken by the teachers was hasty and not in public interest. They noted that the jubilee government was hardly three months in office and should be given time to sort out the teachers grievance that date back to 1997.