A Kenyan man has defied his native cultural expectation and tied the knot with another man in Michigan, USA.
Ben Gitau, 33, married an American mathematics professor, Steve Damelin, at a ceremony held at Ann Arbor, MI, on Saturday, May 14.
In a packed service at the Square’s gardens, Gitau – a native of Nakuru County – was seen kissing in public as guests cheered.
Gitau thereafter posted controversial hash tags on Twitter and Facebook.
“#HappilyMarried #NewlyWed #GayCouple #GayHusbands #2Hubbies#Blessed #JewishHubby #ChristianHubby#Hubby1 #Hubby2 #4Ever1#InGodsMath #GetItRight #NoWife #ThankYou!,” wrote Gitau.
Kenya Satellite Network says Kararu Ririi, a close friend to the couple, tweeted: “This afternoon I had a chance to congratulate my friend, Ben and his husband, Steve on occasion of their marriage. It is a rare thing to see a Kenyan man so courageous! Congratulations,” said Mr Ririi.
Gitau lived in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to the state of California.
Same-sex-marriage was legalized in the State of Michigan in June, 2015 in a landmark US Supreme court decision.
The law says: “as long as they (gay couple) love each other” they are free to marry.
Kenyans have taken to social media to express mixed reactions to the gay wedding.
Kamau Wa Nganga: So the Kenyan is the wife? And the American is the husband? How now? This is unacceptable.
Rose Waithera: Not African culture!
Katrine Kate: Signs that world is ending.
Vicky Wawira Elliah: Disgusted by the whole idea…..Jesus is the way, the truth and the light!
Jay Obaga Nyang’ai: I would like to presume these intellectuals did it for “status”.
Ogai Edgar Ogollah: A professor of Mathematics couldn’t get the definition of marriage right….ignorance?
However, not all online users condemned the same-gender pair for tying the knot.
Liz Muturi: Since it is their choice we just shut up en leave the rest to God Almighty.
Patricia Malowa: We only have one true judge who is God. I can’t judge them. Congratulations new couple.
Princess Frankie Knightly: Them marrying doesn’t make anyone not to eat. Let them be. Congrats to them.
Rasheed Duba: This is solely a matter of choice, at personal level!
Shattah Gyal Mslim Shaddy: Do what your heart tells you to do. He did the right thing according to him. Congrats.