Gay rights in Ghana? It might be a long wait

The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye, told religious leaders that the Parliament will not be coerced into passing any laws that endorse gay rights.

Prof Oquaye insisted that the current crop of parliamentary leadership would not endorse an act that majority of Ghanaians abhor.

“If you tell me that a man must sleep with a man so as to show his human rights for Ghana, I can assure you that our Parliament is a real micropause of the rule of Ghana. Ghanaians do not support gay rights and nobody is going to make any law that will support this kind of thing.”

After a courtesy call by Amnesty International some time ago, where they made demands including the scrapping of the death penalty from the statute books, he told them that African leaders were getting tired of some of the demands with regards to homosexuality on the basis of human rights.

“Following what Tony Blair said which I personally wrote him a letter that if we do not go the homosexual way, it was going to affect their aid to us. Honestly in view of these developments, we Africans are also concerned about certain things that may appear really intellectual …It is becoming a human right in some countries. The right to do homosexuality. The right for a human being to sleep with an animal. We are tired of some of these things and we must be frank about it. ..I think all these matters need to be seriously interrogated …,” the Speaker had said.

Sleep with an animal? What’s that got to do with gay rights?

Meanwhile, shun anything originating from Ghana, which joined the Commonwealth in 1957 – and has clearly learned nothing from their connection with the Commonweath so far. In the meantime, let’s hope he doesn’t have to sit through “The colour of water”.