US Ambassador hopeful homosexuality will be legalized within next decade
The United States (US) Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson is hopeful that homosexuality will be legalised in Ghana within the next decade.
Ambassador Jackson in an interview with Ghanaweb stated that he was hopeful all Ghanaians regardless of their sexual orientation will enjoy the same rights within the next decade.
He said: "We are not asking that homosexuality be legalised. I want to be clear about that. I hope that within the next decade or so, that every Ghanaian regardless of sexual orientation will enjoy the same rights and be treated the same way".
According to him, the US administration is not asking for it to be legalised but he accepts that it will a long process.
He said that a greater understanding of "science and issues" will make Ghanaians more tolerant of homosexuals.
"I think as Ghanaians gain a greater understanding of the science and the issues, they will also be tolerant because this is a very tolerant country because this is a very tolerant country and this is one area where Ghana's tolerance seems very limited".
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.
"More gays in Ghana than Ghanaians know about"
Ambassador Jackson also claimed that there are far more homosexuals in Ghana than Ghanaians know about but they are private about their sexuality because of societal norms.