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Majority leader Adan Duale tells off US President Barack Obama on same sex marriages

Sunday, June 30, 2013

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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.


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