Supporters of the LGBT community flocked to court on Friday morning to hear the ruling on whether gay sex will be decriminalised. However, they left disappointed after judge Chacha Mwita announced the ruling date would be postponed to May 24.

Mpasho took to the streets to find out Kenyans’ views on homosexuality and while some said what people do in the privacy of their rooms is their business, others said the act is ungodly and should not be decriminalised. Here’s the video:

 

But what exactly does decriminalisation mean?

Decriminalisation refers to the removal of criminal status from a certain behaviour or action. In this case – gay relationships and sex.

Decriminalisation of homosexuality would mean gays would be allowed to have sex without being charged. In the current laws, if two people of the opposite sex are found having intercourse, they risk 14 years in jail.

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On Friday, Justice Chacha Mwita, who addressed the court, said the judges have had challenges in writing the ruling. He said,

You may not like the news I have today. We are still working. One of our colleagues is still on leave. We ask you to give us up to May.

The challenges involve the huge volumes of files that were sent on hard copies instead of soft copies by the parties.

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Mwita apologised on behalf of the three-judge bench. He said most of the judges were in other benches so getting them together has been a hard task.

He noted that the only time they can meet is from April.

There was a quiet air of excitement at the offices of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, as the countdown draws closer to Friday when a much-awaited ruling by Kenya’s High Court could make history.

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The question on whether homosexuality should be decriminalised was also asked top Mpasho’s Facebook followers and here are some of the reactions:

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