RD: Was Ghana Anti-Gay Scare Just Politics?
- 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.
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