Martin Kpebu: Ghana will legalise same-sex relations by 2039

Martin Kpebu: Ghana will legalise same-sex relations by 2039

Popular private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu, has predicted that Ghana will give legislative backing to same-sex relationships and marriage by the year 2039, a time he feels the critical majority would be in favour of that.

By the year 2039, Ghanaians would have legalised same-sex relationships and marriages. That is the prediction of popular attorney Martin Kpebu, who feels the timeline of two decades would have raised a majority of public support.

According to a Daily Graphic report sighted by, Kpebu feels it would be impossible for Ghana to withstand the pressure from international governments and human rights campaigners.

As it stands, same-sex relationships are a major taboo across many African countries. Less than 10 countries out of the over 50 have given legal backing to same-sex relationships.

Currently, Ghana’s criminal law (Chapter 6 of the Criminal Code, 1960, as amended by The Criminal Code (Amendment) Act, 2003) same-sex sexual activity among males is illegal and punishable by law.

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The legal interpretation is yet to take into consideration relations between two women.

However, Kpebu who recently spoke at a workshop organised by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), believes that the law inherited from the British colonial era was inconsistent with the fundamental human rights of the individual and violates their right to dignity.

He explained that laws that target people based on their sexual preferences, social origin, social status undermine the principles of freedom, liberty and justice.

“What two adult people do in private, why is it another man’s business,?” he is said to have asked.

The workshop on decriminalising and declassifying petty offences in Ghana was meant to familiarise journalists and other media actors on the importance of The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) and other regional instruments signed by member countries.

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While he admitted the matter was complex, Kpebu stressed that societies evolve and it always took a few outspoken people to speak on delicate issues which start debates, “so those who are very sensitive to it will eventually get desensitised.”

He continued: “You think in 20 years we would not have legalized same sex marriage; we can’t stand the force. It’s just a question of time.”

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