No one will legalise homosexuality – Gov’t clarifies position

After coming under fire over the President’s homosexuality comment on Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV, the government says it has no intention to legalise same-sex relationship.

Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid disclosed on Monday homosexuality continues to be unacceptable because there is no “cultural orientation” that supports it.

Although he admitted a society’s culture could change to reflect modern times, he said same-sex relationship cannot be legalised at the moment.

Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had told Jane Dutton on Talk to Al Jazeera legalizing homosexuality is not on his government agenda.

But the status of gays in the country could change if there is a groundswell of pressure for that to be done, he added.

“At the moment, I don’t feel, I don’t see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that is saying this is something we need to deal with. It is not so far a matter that is on the agenda,” he said.

Pressure groups, religious organizations and political opponents have upbraided the president over his comments.

The Christian Council of Ghana has served notice it will oppose any attempt by the government to change the laws to favour gays.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

“Maybe I didn’t hear him well, so somebody should come and explain to us exactly the policy direction of this government as far as same-sex marriage is concerned, it will help us,” Council’s General Secretary Reverend Dr Opuni Frimpong said Sunday.

But the Information Minister said the government’s position on the same-sex relationship is not different from that of the customs and tradition of Ghanaians.

“Since the law is premised on customs what it also means is that we cannot make it legal at this stage considering that the custom and traditions of the people abhorred homosexuality,” Mr Hamid said.

A pressure group, Citizens for Truth and Accountability, Ghana (CITAG) has said the president’s comment was an indirect invitation to gay groups.

But Mr Hamid said the government will not engage with any group on the issue of homosexuality.

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