General News of Friday, 24 February 2017
The issue of homosexuality in Ghana, especially in the domain of public dissent, always seems to have a consensual opinion that it is a practice that is against the nature and culture of Ghanaians.
The legalization of homosexuality in Ghana has been an ‘off again on again’ conversation but has always been one that has been strongly pushed against especially with the recent comments from Speaker of Parliament Mike Ocquaye. Speaking to an audience at RoyalHouse Chapel, he described homosexuality as despicable and against the country’s culture, and called on Parliament to enact laws to ban the practice.
He is however not the first public official to take a stance against homosexuality, former President Mills spoke against it when Prime Minister David Cameron made a statement that the United Kingdom was going to cut aid to countries that refused to legalize homosexuality. Prof Mills rejected the threat saying the societal norms of Ghana were different from that of the UK hence Ghana was not going to support any move to legalize homosexuality in the country.
Ex -President John Mahama also followed in the footsteps of his predecessor despite his initial reluctance to declare his stance for or against the legalization of homosexuality in Ghana.
In a recent interview on Neat FM’s Ghana Montie programme, Law Lecturer, Moses Amoaning described the act as a ‘disgraceful’ one not to be tolerated in the Ghanaian society.
He spoke against the act and even condemned a fellow guest speaker on the programme. Moses Amoaning attacked fellow guest and Board Chairman of Amnesty International, George Aggrey, describing him as ‘gay and a disgrace’ to his family.
The debate of whether homosexuality should be legalized in Ghana or not rages on, but even before the issue takes a turn that will likely see a Parliamentary debate on the subject matter, opinions sampled by GhanaWeb from a section of Ghanaians suggest not many are willing and ready to tolerate a society that gives homosexuality a legal standing.