The government of Ghana under the leadership of H.E. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo is set to start the process of legalizing same sex marriage.
This topic has been a constant nagging one faced by past leaders from President Kufour through the late J.E.A. Mills and John Dramani Mahama who all resisted external forces from getting Ghana to accept the act in Ghana, they all stood on our strong cultural believes and religious inclinations to rebuff the push.
things seems to have softened for the lobbyist soon after President Akufo-Addo took over from John Mahama when in a TV interview with Aljazeera, in responding to weather Ghana would consider passing laws to make it acceptable, President Akufo-Addo answered that if there is a strong push from a coalition his government will consider it.
Ghanaians felt the President had indirectly invited lobbyist to intensify their push and this seems to be manifesting in recent events, whilst in the United Kingdom for the Commonwealth summit, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May pushed for the lifting of the laws that makes same sex relationship a criminal offense in Ghana and pledged Briton's support in doing so.
In what seems to be government's willingness to make same sex relationship legal in Ghana, this website has gotten a press release signed by the Director of Communications at the Jubilee House, Mr. Eugene Arhin stating that the President haven't been a human rights advocate all his life is determined to once again make another emphatic human rights push for the legalization of same sex through a series of processes and finally being passed by the Parliament of Ghana.
Below is the press release from the Jubilee House:
STATEMENT OF HIS EXCELLENCY NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO'S TRIP TO THE UNITED KINGDOM
While in the United Kingdom, the president of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo engaged with his counterparts and especially the British Prime Minister, Theresa May. Among the discussions, as Ghanaians may be rightly aware, bothered on the legalization of same sex marriage in Ghana.
Prime Minister May intimated among other things that the colonial regime instituted certain laws for their former colony which seems to have blocked any moves to legalize homosexuality in Ghana.
In addition, she pledged support to aid Ghana remove such barriers to pave way for the legalization of the act in our jurisdiction.
While sometime in 2017, a question was posed to him on his position on this issue, the president intimated that indeed, as a nation, we have not had any force from any civil society groups or from individuals seeking the passing of laws to legalize same sex marriage in Ghana.
In that interview, the president indicated that in the near future, the legalization of same sex marriage is bound to happen.
This, the president still stands by. Indeed, with his record as a human rights lawyer, and having championed the repeal of the Criminal Libel Law in the early 2000s, he is committed to sustaining the rights of individuals within the country.
He would make every right decisions through the appropriate bodies and for this matter, Parliament for consideration on the issue of same sex marriage and its status in Ghana.
The president would appreciate if public discussions would be directed at the positive side of guaranteeing the rights of individuals no matter their sexual preferences and orientations.
The government, and its machinery, would, in the coming days, start a process to set in motion, a legislation that would pave way for individuals to pursue their sexual preference without any hindrance.
The president urges all Ghanaians to be circumspect on this subject as rights are seen to supercede any other beliefs so long as the subject of democracy is up and adopted in Ghana.
Director of Communications, Jubilee House-Accra