Homosexuality, a subject that has caused much provocation among the public. The right and acceptance of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender (LGBT) was topical during the recent Commonwealth meeting with the UK Prime Minister pushing for reforms among members countries to legalize the practice. Recent comments by the United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister, Theresa May, promising to help Commonwealth nations amend anti-gay laws she termed as ‘outdated’ have incited suggestions that African Countries, including Ghana, can legalise homosexuality if the need arises.
Ms. May seem to have convinced the audience when she told delegates at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that “nobody should face discrimination or persecution because of who they are or who they love”. Crusaders have urged Ms. May to intervene over the colonial-era legislation affecting millions of people who have been denied of same-sex relations in 36 Commonwealth countries. According to her, the U.K. was ready to help Commonwealth nations to abolish anti-gay laws and embrace homosexuality.
On the other hand, Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, said recently that he would rather resign than preside over a pro-gay bill during his tenure. “If anybody should bring such a thing to parliament and I have to preside over that, I’d rather resign than subscribe to this delusion,” The House has taken a stand with a strong warning to the executive not to agree to any foreign pressure to legalise the practice.
Officially stating the position of parliament on the issue, the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin emphasized that Africa believes in procreation and for that matter same-sex relationship cannot be encouraged. “We know the purpose of creation and we will not stand against God and we will not be misled by those who believe they are civilized. The future of the world belongs to Africa and we will not be misled again,”
Members of the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship have also strongly condemned what they described as moves to force Ghana to legalise Homosexuality, saying it is unacceptable to pressurise the government of Ghana to accepting it as a human right. In a statement signed by its President, Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, the Christian MPs vehemently oppose any consideration of the idea.
The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Asiedu Nketia, who reportedly told NDC members in Kumasi that “Nana Addo says men will marry men, and women will marry women,” moved the government to release a statement rejecting claims that President Akufo-Addo will legalise same-sex relationships in Ghana.
President Nana Akufo-Addo said a change in the law to decriminalise homosexuality is not of concern to Ghanaians at present. However, the President, in his stance as once a human rights activist and a lawyer, stated in an interview with Qatar Aljazeera that if activism in favour of the legalisation of homosexuality heightens, that could trigger a change in Ghana’s laws.
Looking at Ghana as a very tolerant society, in terms of ethnicity, religious tolerance and even tolerant of such behaviours though it is illegal, the question is: can there be a time in Ghana where homosexuality and same-sex relationship would be promoted even though the issue has triggered much provocation?
Source:Marain Baaba Mensah/wisetvonline.com