We won’t accept homosexuality – Prof. Mike Oquaye

Prof Aaron Michael Oquaye, Speaker of Parliament

Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye has stated emphatically that homosexuality has no place in the Ghanaian society.

Giving his ‘intellectual position’ on the issue of homosexuality, Prof. Mike Oquaye said the practice is against the Ghanaian culture, adding that “Ghana is a very religious country” and “Ghanaians do not like that kind of thing.”

President Akufo-Addo, in an interview with Aljazeera on why Ghana’s laws still criminalize homosexuality said “This is the socio-cultural issue if you like…I don’t believe that in Ghana, so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say: ‘Change it [the law], let’s then have a new paradigm in Ghana.”

A lot of Ghanaians have however reacted to the president’s answer with contempt including religious leaders and other high-profile personalities who have demanded clarity on the statement.

According to Prof. Oquaye, marriage between a man and a woman is the only acceptable form of union and would not be replaced by that of same sex.

“It would be rather appalling to witness the marriage of two people – one with moustache, the other with beard.”

The Speaker of Parliament said the marriage institution is held in high esteem in the typical Ghanaian society considering the staunch religious background of the country.

“Ghanaians are also Christians, Ghanaians are Muslims… it is clearly against the Christian [and Muslim] principles.”

“So where will it pass to come.” He quizzed.

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