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Kenyan police rescue gay couple from mob, do nothing more

This old photo of masked Kenyan gay protesters was incorrectly identified as the Mororo couple in the Standard Media article.

This old photo of masked Kenyan gay protesters was incorrectly identified as the Mororo couple in the Standard Media article.

Kenyan police rescued a gay couple from a mob in eastern Kenya, Nairobi-based Standard Media reported last week.

According to the news report, the couple was attacked and badly injured by the mob of youths in Mororo, Kenya, because of their sexual orientation. They were briefly detained after being rescued by police.

Police did not arrest any of the attackers — a fact that the Kenyan news article criticized as “heartbreaking.”

The two men have reportedly been lovers for the past two years.

One of the injured men, a doctor, said the couple would be “soon relocating to Nairobi where it’s a bit safe. Our wish is to live in a world where one can love freely and not be judged based on his or her sexual preference.”

He described the two men’s extensive injuries and the mob’s homophobic taunts. Then he added:

“Despite all that we have been through, we are still happily gay and nothing can change that. Love is always a hard thing to find. Love is love to anyone who finds it. Whether it is two women or two men who are in love, or whether it is one man and one woman, they all feel it the same exact way. Homosexual love is natural and essential for homosexuals; just as heterosexual love is natural and essential for heterosexuals.”

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