The issue of legalizing homosexuality gained massive public interest in 2011 when Late President John Evans Atta Mills vehemently refused to legalize homosexuality, after the UK threatened to reconsider aids given to countries that are against homosexuality including Ghana, our motherland.
In the video below, Late President John Evans Atta Mills stated without mincing words that, “I, as president of this nation, I will never initiate or support any attempts to legalize homosexuality in Ghana”.
However and in a new twist of affairs, Ghana’s incumbent president, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo, in a recent interview with Al Jazeera, the president disclosed that although legalizing homosexuality is currently not of significance to Ghanaians, there is a likelihood that it would happen in the near future.
On moral grounds, Africans with the exception of the few frown at the thought of legalizing homosexuality as it defies every aspect of their socio-cultural and religious principles. As such, it’ll be like building castles in the air for a Ghanaian president to legalize homosexuality all other things being equal.
President Akufo-Addo revealed in the interview with Al Jazeera that, what may push the government of Ghana to legalize homosexuality would be social pressure from individual groups because those are major contributors to the legalization of homosexuality in most parts of Europe and America.
“I don’t believe that in Ghana, so far a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that would say change it and let’s now have a new paradigm in Ghana. I grew up in England and I grew up in a time where homosexuality was banned there, and then suddenly the activities of individuals and groups, a certain awareness, a certain development grew stronger and it forced in changing law,” he explained.
“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 is saying this is something that we need you to deal with,” he added.
Well, let’s see what happens in Ghana in the near future as predicted by the first gentleman of the land – President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo pertaining to legalization of homosexuality. Perhaps, it might come during his tenure because his reign is part of the near future. Time will surely tell.
Watch the most important part of the interview below: