Ghana’s parliament chief threatens to resign over gay rights
The Speaker of Ghana’s parliament has threatened to resign if any attempt is made to put a legislation before the law-making chamber to approve gay rights.
Professor Mike Oquaye who is also a religious leader in the West African nation is a major campaigner against homosexuality in Ghana.
He was recently criticized by the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Prof Phillip Alston who described him as delusional over his comments rejecting homosexuality in Ghana.
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May recently also told African leaders including Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London that homosexuals must not be persecuted for their sexual orientation.
May said about gay rights in Africa that “there remains much to do…Nobody should face discrimination and persecution because of who they are or who they love. The UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth nation wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible”.
Ghana’s parliament Speaker told local TV channel, Metro TV that “If anybody should bring such a thing to parliament and I have to preside over that I will rather resign than subscribe to this delusion.”
Ghana’s current laws do not permit homosexual activities and the laws can only be reviewed in parliament.
Oquaye said that homosexuality is “a phenomenon calculated by Satan to destroy God’s best formation; that is the human being…it is evil, very very evil, and dangerous and the church cannot allow it.”