Ghana’s Latest LGBT Rights Kerfuffle Reveals Broad Ignorance of Activists’ Goals

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo greets supporters, Accra, Ghana, Dec. 8, 2016 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo greets supporters, Accra, Ghana, Dec. 8, 2016 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
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In a recent interview with Al Jazeera, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo offered opinions on everything from the state of democracy in his country to child marriage and Donald Trump. But of all the topics covered in the 25-minute segment, it was his responses to a series of questions on LGBT rights that seemed to attract the most attention, at least domestically. Ghana’s criminal code outlaws same-sex sexual acts, grouping them under a category of offenses referred to as “unnatural carnal knowledge.” When asked by the interviewer, Jane Dutton, why the law remained on the books, Akufo-Addo said he did not […]

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