Kenya's high court has upheld a law banning gay sex, keeping same sex relations punishable by 14 years in jail.
Campaigners who filed the petition to decriminalise gay sex argued that the law violated Kenya's 2010 constitution, which guarantees equality, dignity and privacy for all citizens.
"We will appeal. We expect that the court of appeal will overturn this erroneous decision which in our view is very biased," said Eric Gitari, one of the petitioners.
Yet the petition has been met with fierce opposition by much of Kenya's conservative society; and most vocally opposed by religious groups.
"We cannot be another Sodom and Gomorrah," Alfred Rotich, a Catholic bishop, told Reuters at the court after the verdict.
The justices upheld the ban on the grounds that gay sex clashed with broader, traditional moral values encapsulated in Kenya's constitution.
Many fear that allowing gay sex would open the door for same sex unions.
Yet the decision has drawn swift condemnation by rights groups such as the New York-based Human Rights Watch, who said the verdict...