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22.05.2007 Social News

Ghana's Got No Love For The Gays

By ALL AFRICA

African leaders have gathered this week to discuss the continent's human rights situation, but Ghanaian deputy attorney general, Kwame Osei-Prempeh made sure his people know that gays don't count as human.

Employing an especially quaint term - "homosexualism" - Prempeh insisted that while other countries may coddle the queers, Ghana's not reversing its anti-gay ways:

He explained that charters and international conventions that recognize homosexualism do not override national laws. For that reason the Criminal Code of 1960, which outlaws homosexualism is incontrovertible.
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Prempeh said unnatural carnal knowledge is an illegal act under the Criminal Code as per section 104, and homosexualism, without any equivocation, is a form of unnatural carnal knowledge.

Section 104(2) explains, "Unnatural carnal knowledge is sexual intercourse with a person in an unnatural manner or with an animal."

Prempeh's statements echo the Ghana government's declaration last year, in which they claimed: "[The] government does and shall not condone any such activity which violently offends the culture, morality and heritage of the people of Ghana." Yet, they continue to speak the colonial tongue: English. How queer...

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