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Kenya court postpones ruling on anti-gay laws to May 24

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LGBT supporters wait at the Milimani court for the  Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed.  (AP Photo/Brian Inganga) .

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court Friday postponed a ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, disappointing many in the country's LGBT community.

The ruling will not be made until May 24 because some judges had been busy, Justice Chaacha Mwita of the High Court said.

Several activists who went to the court for the landmark ruling expressed their dismay.

"To say we are disappointed would be an understatement," the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, which is among the petitioners in the case, said in a tweet.

A case so important should have been should have been given the time it deserves, said activist Grace Mbijiwa outside the courtroom.

"However we are looking forward because we have a date in May 2019," said Mbijiwa. "We are looking forward and hoping for the best, looking forward for LGBT being legalized."

Activists argue that the colonial-era law which criminalizes same consensual sex-relations between adults is in breach of the constitution because it denies basic rights.

LGBT activists and supporters take a photo as they attend a Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed.  (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
LGBT activists and supporters arrive at a Kenyan court to hear the ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed.  (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
LGBT activists and supporters arrive to attend a Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed.  (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
LGBT activists and supporters attend a Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed.  (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
LGBT activists and supporters attend a Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed.  (AP Photo/Brian Inganga) .
LGBT activists and supporters attend a Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed.  (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
LGBT activists and supporters attend a Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
LGBT activists and supporters take a photo as they attend a Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed.  (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
LGBT activists and supporters take a photo as they attend a Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
LGBT supporters wait at the Milimani court for the  Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed.  (AP Photo/Brian Inganga) .
LGBT supporters wait at the Milimani court for the Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga) .
LGBT activists and supporters arrive at a Kenyan court to hear the ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed.  (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
LGBT activists and supporters arrive at a Kenyan court to hear the ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
LGBT activists and supporters attend a Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed.  (AP Photo/Brian Inganga) .
LGBT activists and supporters attend a Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga) .
LGBT activists and supporters arrive to attend a Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya,  Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed.  (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
LGBT activists and supporters arrive to attend a Kenyan court ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships, in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. A Kenyan judge says the High Court has postponed a ruling on a petition to decriminalize same sex relationships. The decision has left the tens of the activists who turned up in court disappointed. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)