Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Ghana face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents.
Same-sex sexual acts are illegal in Ghana. The debate on LGBT rights in Ghana have taken the front burner in recent times.
YEN.com.gh takes a look at three prominent Ghanaians who say homosexuality is alien to Ghana’s cultural and must not be legalised.
1. Ekwow Spio Garbrah
Mr. Spio Garbrah is flagbearer hopeful for the the National Democratic Congress (NDC). In a recent interview with Accra based Citi FM, Mr Garbrah said he will oppose any attempt to legalise homosexuality in the country whether he becomes President or not.
“It will not happen whether I’m President or not. I’ll fight it anywhere and any day as a good Christian and I’m sure that Muslims will also have the same sense of total disgust.”
According to him, any form of advocacy for gay rights in the country would be unnecessary as persons involved in same-sex relations are not denied services due to their sexual preferences.
2. Aaron Mike Ocquaye
Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament is one of the people who is vehemently against same-sex marriage and have also vowed to prevent its legalisation in the country.
In an interview on Metro TV, Mr Ocquaye said there is no need for LGBT to push for their human rights to be respected.
He has opined that he will resign as Speaker of the House if the LGBT should ever come up for debate and consideration.
"If anybody should bring such a thing in parliament, I would rather resign that subscribe to this delusion," he said sternly.
"It is a matter of serious principle," he added.
3. Moses Foh-Amoaning
Law lecturer, Moses Foh-Amoaning is one of the respected Ghanaians incensed by pressure by human rights activists to get Ghana’s law amended to accommodate homosexuals.
According to the lawyer, the issue of homosexuality is not a human right issue, neither is the Ghanaian constitution clear on the issue.
“Homosexuality is not a human right issue, and the Ghanaian constitution doesn’t talk about sexual orientation.”
He says homosexuality is a “inherently disorder”, which could give room for other disorderly activities if accepted in the country.
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