Ghana’s State Owned Newspaper Urges Citizens To Reject LGBT Rights

Ghana's State Owned Newspaper Urges Citizens To Reject LGBT Rights

Ghana state run newspaper the Ghanaian Times has published an editorial urging its citizens to fight against LGBT rights in the African country, where gay sex is punishable by up to three years in prison.

The editors bemoan what they call “covert and overt attempts to impose on Ghana certain alien and unacceptable values that are not in tune with our socio-cultural values and religious beliefs.”

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The article, published today and titled, “Let’s Unite To Reject LGBT,” comes a month after Prime Minister Theresa May (above) expressed regret over the United Kingdom’s role in exporting sodomy laws that criminalize homosexuality.

May called on countries in the Commonwealth to overhaul those “outdated” laws during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London last month, saying “nobody should face discrimination or persecution because of who they are or who they love.”

The Ghanaian Times piece characterizes this as an “international conspiracy to impose foreign bisexual orientation into our social and cultural values,” and alleged that the call for equality was an example of “neocolonialism.”

“Inasmuch as we uphold and respect fundamental human rights of every human being, we are equally against LGBT rights and we at the Ghanaian Times will strongly support moves to reject the imposition of any foreign values on our country,” they continue.

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Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, deputy speaker of Ghana’s parliament, vowed to push back against pressure to grant LGBT equality following May’s remarks, and said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (above) should condemn her statements.

Akufo-Addo faced criticism for suggesting in an interview last year that Ghana might eventually legalize same-sex relations, if enough people fought for change from within the country.

The upset resulted in a spokesperson for the president noting in a press release that, “President Akufo-Addo has NEVER stated anywhere that, under his presidency, men will marry men, and women will marry women,” Africa News reports.

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The Ghanaian Times editorial staff praises Akufo-Addo for that stance, as well as the Speaker of Parliament, Aaron Mike Oquaye, for saying he would resign if a law overthrowing the sodomy law made it through the House.

Additionally, they say they “solidly and strongly support the efforts” of attorney Moses Foh Amoaning, who has advocated for conducting exorcisms on LGBT people in an attempt to convert them.

“We must all unite to keep at bay this ferocious attempt to debase our cultural values,” the editors argue. “Insofar as a tiny minority has the right to pursue its own ’physiological disabilities,’ it also behooves us to protect the sanctity of divinity and the decency of the human race.”

Jeff Taylor is a North Carolina-based journalist who writes for LGBTQ Nation, Q Notes and other outlets.

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