Ghana: Akufo-Addo was sincere with his homosexuality comment

The Coalition Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia in Ghana, has said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was being sincere in his recent interview with Al Jazeera regarding whether or not Ghana will legalise homosexuality.

The president in that interview said legalising homosexuality is bound to happen if a strong case is made for it.

His remarks, which have been greeted with mixed reactions by the populace, sought to suggest that even though legalising homosexuality is not a matter on the agenda, it was bound to happen.

Critics say the president should have made an emphatic statement on whether he was for or against the legalisation of homosexuality and not give a vague answer which is open to various interpretations.

But a statement issued by the Coalition Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia in Ghana, said: “ The president’s assertion at the recent Aljazeera interview, that it will take a change in public opinion caused by advocacy to bring about decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ghanaian laws proved he was realistic and honest about the topic. He recognised that the issue cannot be dodged forever and at the same time invites for a conversation to be had, even if it would be in the long run."

"“Although the coalition agrees with that assertion, we are of the view that the advocacy must go on now. We therefore invite for a fair and honest national conversation where all stakeholders are brought on board, where all views are respected and not bullied into silence and where divisive propaganda politics are not used to score political points. This is a topic about the humanity and dignity of a Ghanaian whose sexual orientation falls in the minority and do not therefore deserve to be treated with disrespect and abuse." Read more via Ghana Web