- Ghana's Speaker of Parliament has reiterated his stance on potential legislation supporting gay rights
- He says the current parliament would not endorse what a majority of Ghanaians dislike
- He dismissed the argument that the right to sleep with a same sex partner is a human right
Ghana's speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, has repeated his opinion regarding the current Ghanaian parliament not being inclined to pass legislation that would support the gay rights movement.
Since his assumption of the position of Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye has never failed to make his position against gay rights known. And addressing a group of religious leaders who paid him a visit, the Speaker of parliament reiterated his opinions on the issue.
According to Professor Oquaye, the current members of Parliament are a representation of Ghana's people, and parliament's leadership would not support something most Ghanaians detest.
“If you tell me that a man must sleep with a man so as to show his human rights for Ghana, I can assure you that our Parliament is a real micropause of the rule of Ghana. Ghanaians do not support gay rights and nobody is going to make any law that will support this kind of thing.” he said to those present.
The year 2017 was one where the issue of homosexuality in Ghana received a lot of Attention for two major reasons.
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In July, 2017, during a courtesy visit from representatives of Amnesty International, Professor Mike Oquaye openly expressed that African leaders were tired of the "eternal pressure" to legalize gay rights.
While in November of 2017, President Nana Akufo Addo's comments during an interview on Al Jazeera to the effect that homosexuality is bound to be legalized also gave the conversation more attention.
Although the President as since expressed that legalizing homosexuality is not a priority, calls for government to decriminalize the act continue to be put to government from various groups.
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