Homosexuality in Ghana: Speaker condemned cultural imposition by the West

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Ghana’s government has said it will, under no circumstance, give in to pressure from the international lobbies, calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality in the West African country.

Parliament speaker Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye on Wednesday asked Ghanaians to evade Western cultures imposed on them, saying legalizing same-sex marriage is “corruption of public morals. Prof. Oquaye was speaking during Speaker’s Prayer Breakfast in Parliament that brought together legislators, National Coalition for Proper Human Rights and Family Values, an advocacy group and civil society organisations.

The main objective of the meeting was to deliberate on the outcomes of the introduction of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in the country’s education curriculum. He urged citizens to cherish their culture and stand in unity against “gayism.” Former Ghana’s ambassador to India reiterated that rich cultural and religious background in Ghana cannot allow same-sex relations.

“We should be united, and once we are firm in our conviction, let us march ahead as Christians, Muslims and Traditionalists who believe in the pathway of our culture. You cannot have a right as gay apart from the fact that you are also a human being; it is deviant conduct, but of course, it does not mean they must be killed or their hands must be amputated. We do not do any of such things here in Ghana. We try to handle our matter. Either we treat you medically if you say you have a problem with your genes or we handle it psychologically if it is a psychological issue,” he said.

The ex-lawmaker purported that the particular challenges that the West are currently facing originated from the liberal values they adopted in the past arguing his compatriots are either Christians, Muslims or Traditionalists who cannot bow to external pressures to espouse values that go against their customs.

On her side, Mrs Sharon Slater, the President of Family Watch International, US-based non-profit organization, alleged that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF and WHO are enforcing the introduction of CSE in Africa because they have sinister motives.

The Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Tove Degnbol, and former UK Prime Minister Theresa May among others had called on Africans to respect the rights of LGBTQ community, calls that have been dismissed by a section of African leaders including Ghanaian President Nana Addo Akufo. President Akufo assured his people that homosexuality will not be decriminalized under his presidency.

“Let me assure that this government has no plans to change the law on same-sex marriage. We have no authority and we will not seek any authority to do so,” the President said.

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