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Ghana’s President Mills Says Nation Will Never Legalize Homosexuality


President of Ghana John Atta Mills stated that his government would never legalize homosexuality even as Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom has stated that he will push to cut the aid going into the nation. President Mills is pushing back against PM Cameron’s threat.

Homosexuality is illegal in 37 African countries, and gays are often the target of violent hate campaigns. Mills stated that Ghana is committed to upholding human rights as provided by the nation’s constitution but “I as president of this nation, will never initiate or support any attempts to legalise homosexuality in Ghana.” Ghana is seen as one of Africa’s most stable and successful democracies.

With regards to the push to further criminalize homosexuality in Africa, often in brutal ways, Britain has warned that it will review aid to any nations that persecute homosexuals. Britain has already suspended some £19m in aid to Malawi because of their treatment of gays, and the warning was sounded by Cameron about Ghana and Uganda’s intention to further criminalize homosexuality.

Ghana, which is a former British colony, recieves some £90m a year from Britain’s development agency DFID. Mills stated that “Britain made these statements that reflect [its] societal norms and ideals but [it] does not have the right to direct other sovereign nations as to what they should do, especially where their societal norms and ideals are different from those which exist in Prime Minister Cameron’s society.”

This threat has come as Ghana’s minister for the Western region called, this past July, for the arrest of anyone found practicing gay sex following local media reports that there was an increase in homosexuality in the region.

Still, Mills understands that Ghana gets a lot of money from donors, but he refuses to take the money with strings attached. The thing is, it is up to Britain to decide if they can afford to give that money. Either it is time to play nice or to give up the money.

Via InDepthAfrica

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5 Responses to Ghana’s President Mills Says Nation Will Never Legalize Homosexuality

  1. SOMTO VALENTINE OKEKE

    December 9, 2011 at 4:55 am

    It is against our belief and forbidden in our cultural heritage. The city of Sodom was destroyed in genesis 19. Because of such act. How can we multiply or replace mortality rate if homosexual is legalized in ghana.

  2. SOMTO VALENTINE OKEKE

    December 9, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I don’t see a reason why David Cameron will put this difficult task as a condition for granting us the aid. We are still developed have a lot of issues to sort out in the country. I Thank our President Atta Mills for his disapproval of david thought

  3. Rev Donald Spitz

    November 3, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Homosexuality should be criminalized. Homosexuals commit crimes against God, against nature, against the Holy Bible and against the human race.
    After reading this article I now know why God wrote:
    Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
    Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
    :26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    :27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

  4. Die Groot Krokodil

    November 3, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Kaffirs killing kaffirs is what kaffirs do best.

    Pik was right about all of you kaffirs!!!

    We should just keep our money and let you go about your uncivilized business, without us.

  5. TomInElPaso

    November 2, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    So don’t take the money and let your nation suffer for it.

    Simple enough.