Kenyan Court Says Anal Exams Legal to Determine Sex Orientation

By Victoria Jones (NNPA/DTU Journalism Fellow)

A Kenyan court ruled Thursday that it is legal to use anal examinations to determine one’s sexual orientation, USA Today reports. The ruling happened despite protests against the examinations being “degrading treatment” and a form of torture.

The court came to this decision after reviewing the case of two men who were arrested on the suspicion of having sex in a bar near Ukunda along Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast in February 2015.

The two men were forced to have anal examinations to determine their sexual orientation, and they had to take HIV and Hepatitis B tests.

Gay sex is a criminal offense in Kenya and can bring a prison of up to 14 years.

The men petitioned that they were “subjected to torture and degrading treatment,” the Associated Press reported.

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