We shall help you legalize homosexuality - UK government assures Ghana

We shall help you legalize homosexuality - UK government assures Ghana

- The UK government wants to help Ghana rewrite its anti-gay laws

- British prime minister says Britain is to blame for Ghana's laws against homosexuality

- So far, there are no existing laws which incriminate homosexuality in Ghana

British premier, Theresa May, says Britain is to blame for making homosexuality illegal in Ghana.

Having colonized Ghana for over 140 years, the British Prime Minister at the Commonwealth heads of states conference said Britain will now be helping government re-write Ghana's anti-gay laws by making it legal and accommodating of gays and lesbians.

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So far, most homophobic laws used by former colonies of Britain have seen gays and lesbian subjected to brutal treatment, death by hanging, excommunication from the church and even medical testing in extreme cases.

In Nigeria and other conservative countries, for example, there are strict laws which even bans two men from walking in public arms in arms. Moreso is it very illegal for gays and lesbians to display public affection no matter the situation.

Though these repressive laws are non-existent in Ghana, members of the gay community continue to be in hiding especially when stigma, rejection and extreme cases of mob action are rife.

So far, there is no definitive law in Ghana which says homosexuality is criminal. In fact, President Akufo-Addo was pressured to state his stance on the controversial issue after granting an interview with Aljazeera English.

Nana Addo in that interview on homosexuality argued that there could only be a legalization when society accepts the practice and lobbies are heightened.

YEN.com.gh had also reported on a finding by Amnesty International which claims that several gays and lesbians feel very uncomfortable and scared living their lives in Ghana.

From issues of mob action to rejection, these gays, and lesbians who spoke to the human rights organization claim it is suicidal to live in Ghana as a gay man or woman.

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It remains unsure what the British prime minister said about helping Ghana reverse its anti-gay laws but all indications spell out the suspicion that the UK Government is now eager in championing the rights of gays and lesbians in Ghana.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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