President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says homosexuality is illegal in Ghana because there are not enough activists pushing for its legalization.
President Akufo-Addo in an interview on Al Jazeera’s Talk To Al Jazeera hosted by Jane Dutton on Sunday said a sufficiently strong coalition is bound to emerge in the future that will eventually push for a change in the law.
Currently, under Ghanaian 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. It is uncertain whether same-sex sexual activity among females is illegal.
However, the President foresees a change in the law and says that just like elsewhere in the world, the activities of such individuals and groups will provoke a change in Ghana's laws which frown on same-sex marriage.
He said: "I don't believe that in Ghana so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say change it, let's then have a new paradigm in Ghana.
When quizzed by the host as to whether he would support such a movement, Akufo-Addo responded: "I think that it is something that is bound to happen".
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He recounted how the United Kingdom did not consider homosexuality an issue when he was schooling there but later the activities of certain groups grew stronger and “it forced a change in law, I believe that those are the same processes that will bring about changes in our situation.”
“At the moment, I don’t feel, I don't see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that will say this is something that we need you to deal with, It is not so far a matter which is on the agenda.”
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