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RD: Was Ghana Anti-Gay Scare Just Politics?

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    July 26, 2011 9:32AM Was Ghana Anti-Gay Scare Just Politics? Post by Warren Throckmorton In the face of reports that Ghana s Western Region Minister recently
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      July 26, 2011 9:32AM
      Was Ghana Anti-Gay Scare Just Politics?
      Post by Warren Throckmorton

      In the face of reports that Ghana's Western Region Minister recently called
      for the arrest of gays, a Ghanaian government source told RD today that the
      government was not "clamping down" on sexual minorities. The source, who did
      not want to be named since he was not speaking officially, said that Ghana
      is a law abiding country and that those on a crusade should take up the
      matter in the courts.

      The issue appears to be a sensitive one for the government. The Ministry of
      Information and the Office of the President declined to speak to me and one
      staffer simply hung up when asked if the government supported recent calls
      to arrest gays. While President John Atta Mills has stated that he believes
      homosexuality is foreign to Ghanaian culture, his administration has refused
      comment on recent calls for government intervention.

      Since late May, religious groups have been calling for government action
      against sexual minorities. On May 31, a media outlet reported that a
      non-governmental organization (NGO) had registered 8,000 gays, lesbians and
      bisexuals in the Western and Central regions of the country which, if
      accurate, would represent a significant increase over past estimates. Within
      days, religious groups united to call on the Ghanaian government for action
      against sexual minorities. Both Christian and Muslim coalitions have
      declared that they will not support a politician who favors relaxing the
      laws covering homosexuality.

      The rest of the article is here:
      http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/guest_bloggers/4925/ghana%E2%80%99s_government_silent_on_investigation_of_gays
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