A former presidential candidate for an independent party, Mr Kwesi Amoafo-Yeboah, has come out publicly to say he supports gay rights and would support any groups advancing the agenda that gay people should be free to live as the choose. He called homosexuality “a ‘victim-less’ crime” since “it is between consenting adults in the privacy of their bedrooms” adding “let’s focus our energies on stuff that really hurt people.” He also said that “we are all God’s children and we all deserve to be loved. I will disagree with any religious leader or indeed anybody who says that homosexuals deserve to be cast out of society”.
Some church folk have been saying that the fact the world is suddenly becoming more tolerant of gay people is a sign of the end times. The irony that a politician is defending the rights of a minority to live freely at a time when members of the clergy (who should rather be doing the protecting) are busy trying to malign this group seems to be lost on them.
Also unexpected was the Andrew Solomon piece “In Bed With The President of Ghana” (such a scandalous title!) which explores the friendship between President Mahama and the writer and the noise the Ghanaian press has made over the past week concerning this relationship, just after the vetting of the controversial ministerial appointee. I guess the statement which is not explicitly made is that President Mahama really isn’t homophobic. The Minister of Information and Media Relations did however state in a press release that “President John Dramani Mahama does not subscribe to homosexualism and will not take any step to promote homosexualism in Ghana”. Right now people are talking about gay rights and related issues all the time and it’s all over the media. This is a good thing…I think.