Government wades into gay legalization conversation

Government wades into gay legalization conversation

- Information Minister says gay relationships will not be legalized at this stage.

- He says the practice isn't supported in Ghanaian culture.

- Government will not negotiate with any group on the issue.

The Information Minister, Mr. Mustapha Hamid, has commented on the current conversation concerning the [potential] legalizing of homosexuality in Ghana, and stated that government has no plans on legalizing the practice anytime soon.

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Government wades into gay legalization conversation

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According to the Information Minister, government is of the opinion that since law is "premised" on custom, government can not legalize an act that is unaccepted according to Ghanaian culture at this point.

Information Minister Hamid, who was speaking to Joy News on Monday, November 27th related that although customs may change over time, now was not the time to consider gay relationships.

Since law is premised on customs, what it means is that we cannot make it legal at this stage considering that the customs and traditions of the people abhor homosexuality,” said the Information Minister.

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Mr. Hamid went on to say that government would not be engaging with any "pressure groups" lobbying for gay legalization, adding that the practice is not accepted in local culture.

Information Minister Hamid's comments come in the wake of the President's interview on Aljazeera, where he stated that the legalizing of homosexuality is "bound to happen". These comments have sparked a flurry of reactions on traditional, and social media making a statement regarding the issue from government a necessity.

READ ALSO: Late President Mills's response to legalizing homosexuality

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