Podcast: Brazil’s Good News, Kenya’s Bad News, ‘Downton Abbey’ Teases A Gay Romance

In this podcast:

• Brazil’s high court says the South American country’s anti-discrimination laws have to include LGBTQ protections

• Kenya’s highest court ruled the African nation’s anti-homosexuality laws aren’t discriminatory

• Texas Republicans passed their “license to discriminate” bill

• Matt Zarley & Billy Porter serve up their take on 1990s empowerment anthem “You Gotta Be”

• And the new trailer for the upcoming Downton Abbey movie reveals a gay romance amid a royal visit

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

Kenya: High Court Rules Anti-Gay Laws Not Discriminatory

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Kenya’s High Court has upheld the African country’s laws which criminalize homosexual behavior.

LGBTQ activists had argued the laws are discriminatory, lead to increased harassment of the LGBTQ community, and serve to discourage people from seeking HIV testing or treatment.

The plaintiffs involved in the case also said the laws violate the Kenyan Constitution which reads the “state shall not discriminate directly or indirectly against any person on any ground,” including sex.

The three-judge panel, however, ruled the British colonial-era laws are not discriminatory and told the packed courtroom of activists in Nairobi the petitioners had failed to provide “credible evidence” that the laws infringed their rights, reports Quartz.com.

The three laws in question, Sections 162 (a) and (c), 163 and 165 of the nation’s penal code, make it a felony to have “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” or to commit “gross indecency.” The punishment for these crimes range from five to twenty-one years in prison.

The “carnal knowledge” offense is generally used to relate to oral and anal intercourse. While the law could apply to people of any gender, it’s primarily used to persecute gay men.

The “gross indecency” section pertains specifically to sexual acts between men.

Of the more than 70 countries that outlaw homosexuality, nearly half are located in Africa.

A report in 2014 found the government of Kenya prosecuted 595 cases of homosexualitybetween 2010 and 2014.

A report from the Kenyan government shows 534 people were arrested for same-sex relationships between 2013 and 2017.

Today’s ruling comes as other countries, like Indiaand Trinidad and Tobago, have recently decriminalized homosexuality.

News Round-Up: June 18, 2016

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Donald Trump, who says he’s “better” for the gays than Hillary, poses for pic with virulently anti-gay pastor.

• After celebrating LGBT Pride for 13 years and drawing tens of thousands of attendees, the government of Istanbul has cancelled any Pride events this year.

• The FBI is now “skeptical” of the idea the the Orlando nightclub shooter was gay.

• Kenya’s High Court rules that “anal tests” for homosexuality are constitutional.

• Major corporations are dropping or scaling back their sponsorship at the Republican convention this year.

• One Alabama county refuses to lower U.S. flags to half-staff in honor of the Orlando nightclub shooting victims.

• Uber has begun offering free rides to and from select locations of importance to the LGBT community in 40 cities.

• And finally, Happy Saturday! Go out, get some fun, or at least get a little dirty…

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Bryan Fischer: Obama Was “Rude” To Bring Up LGBT Rights In Kenya

Bryan Fischer, of the anti-gay American Family Association, says President Obama was “rude” to stand up for LGBT rights during his visit to Kenya over the weekend.

Via Right Wing Watch:

“These political leaders know what homosexual behavior does,” he said, and they “want something better for the African people than what homosexual conduct give them.”

These leaders do not need someone like Obama lecturing them, Fischer continued, because they “are more enlightened” than the United State on this issue.

“We are smart enough, we are bright enough, we are intelligent enough, we are sane enough to make this kind of behavior contrary to public policy,” Fischer said, as he approvingly laid out what he believe the correct African position on this issue to be. “We’re not going to embrace it, we’re not going to promote it, we’re not even going to make it legal.”

Nevertheless, President Obama went to Kenya and criticized laws criminalizing homosexuality which, Fischer said, “in my mind just makes him rude.”

Interestingly, Fischer says that most African nations outlaw homosexuality, in part, because the continent has been ravaged by AIDS.

What Fischer leaves out is that the vast majority of HIV/AIDS patients in Africa are heterosexual.

President Obama Publicly Disagrees With Kenyan President On LGBT Rights

President Obama, currently in Kenya, publicly disagreed with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at a press conference on the issue of LGBT rights.

Kenyatta called gay rights in his country a “non-issue.”

Obama had another opinion.

“If somebody is a law-abiding citizen who is going about their business, and working in a job, and obeying the traffic signs, and doing all the other things that good citizens are supposed to do and not harming anybody – the idea that they are going to be treated differently or abused because of who they love is wrong.”

“The idea that somebody is going to be treated differently because of who they love is wrong. Full stop.”

Afterward, President Kenyatta said, “There are some things that we must agree we don’t share. Our culture, our societies don’t accept [homosexuality].”

It is currently illegal to be gay in Kenya, and punishable with a maximum imprisonment of 14 years. Kenyan leaders had requested that President Obama not to discuss gay rights on his first trip to the country.

Watch the statement below. This is awesome.

Pat Robertson: You Can Get AIDS From Towels

On today’s edition of The 700 Club, a viewer wrote to Robertson saying that God had called them to go on a mission trip to Kenya, but friends and family said it is too dangerous because of the recent Ebola outbreak. The writer wondered if the trip might be too dangerous due to disease like Ebola.

Robertson remarked that while there was not currently an outbreak of Ebola in Kenya, you could get AIDS.

From towels.

SRSLY.

“You might get AIDS in Kenya, people have AIDS, you’ve got to be careful,” he explained. “I mean, the towels could have AIDS.”