Sam P. Yalley, former deputy minister under Ghana’s Rawlings administration, has argued that homosexuality is criminalized under Ghana’s laws as a form of passive genocide.
Yalley made this statement as a response to comments made by Ghana Attorney General Martin Amidu who told journalists at a meet-the-press event on Tuesday, August 30, that consensual same-sex relations done in private are not in fact illegal under Ghana’s criminal code. Amidu has since been the target of a great deal of anger from fellow administrators and clergy.
As such, On Top Magazine reports that in an interview broadcast Wednesday on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, Sam P. Yalley, now a public interest lawyer, said that the AG had overlooked certain aspects of the criminal code and that he would draw attention to clauses on genocide, arguing:
“Genocide results in the extermination of the human race and if you expand the meaning of homosexuality to mean that a man cannot have a child with another man, then it means that [the] practice would lead to the extermination of mankind and therefore for me if I am to charge anybody apart from having unnatural carnal knowledge, I would also charge him with genocide and see how he can get out of that situation.”
“If you are a man and you are having carnal knowledge with a man, how are you going to have a child?”
Given that the world is about to welcome its 7 billionth person the risk of extinction through homosexual couples not being able to directly procreate remains negligible at best.
What is concerning though is the thought process that has led Yalley to this conclusion and the rhetoric that seems to be going unchallenged in the country. To term homosexuality as a form of genocide is beyond ridiculous, but to indicate that the country should treat it as if it is such a heinous crime sends a truly horrifying message.
This follows international outrage after a Ghanaian official recently called for the immediate arrest of all gays and lesbians in the nation’s Western Region.
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) also recently announced that it would be stepping up promotion of reparative therapy due to so-called concerns over the spread of homosexuality in the country.
Last weekend saw Ghana’s President John Evans Atta Mills use a speech at a festival in Saltpond to urge the public to fight moral vices. He put “homosexuality and lesbianism” alongside child prostitution and drug abuse on the list of vices to be resisted.