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Ghana president says he will never oversee same-sex legalization

Ghana president says he will never oversee same-sex legalization

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<p>President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says: “It will <span class="caps">NOT</span> be under his presidency that same-sex marriage will be legalized in Ghana.”</p> <p>A statement from the presidency was responding to a recent resurfacing of the issue. The main opposition National Democratic Congress (<span class="caps">NDC</span>) scribe had made the allegation warranting the response.</p> <p>“This is nothing but a baseless and vile fabrication, by no less a person than, the General Secretary of the leading opposition party in Ghana.</p> <p>“For the avoidance of doubt, President Akufo-Addo has <span class="caps">NEVER</span> stated anywhere that, under his presidency, men will marry men, and women will marry women,” the statement signed by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the presidency said.</p> <p>The president faced a backlash earlier this year when most Ghanaians accused him of not being emphatic enough on the same-sex question in an interview with Al Jazeera.</p> <p>Asked why homosexuality remained a criminal offence in Ghana, the president said, “I don’t believe that in Ghana so far a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact of public opinion that will say, change it; let’s then have a new paradigm in Ghana.”</p> <p>He adds that like in other parts of the world, it will take the activities of groups and individuals to try bringing it up for discussion.</p> <p>“At the moment, I don’t feel and I don’t see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that is saying that this is something that we need to even deal with. It is not so far a matter which is on the agenda.”</p> <p>A lawyer by training, the president recounted his days as a young boy in England where homosexuality was banned and illegal, a time when politicians thought it was an anathema to be homosexual saying he believed the same processes will bring about changes.</p> <p>His views are slightly moderate to that of Ghana’s third most powerful man, Speaker of parliament Mike Ocquaye, who is an ardent anti-gay rights activist. In his most recent pronouncement on the issue he said Africa was getting tired of the seeming cultural imposition.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“ It will <span class="caps">NOT</span> be under his ( Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo ) Presidency that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana “ ~ Eugene Arhin , Director of Communication <a href="https://t.co/GE16Rz3lXW">pic.twitter.com/GE16Rz3lXW</a></p>— <span class="caps">HON</span>. <span class="caps">SAM</span> <span class="caps">TOYS</span> (@SamToys_NPP) <a href="https://twitter.com/SamToys_NPP/status/990276085605634048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 28, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

For the avoidance of doubt, President Akufo-Addo has NEVER stated anywhere that, under his presidency, men will marry men, and women will marry women.

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