Ghana Christian group slams pro-gay gender minister

Anti-gay Christian group blasts appointment of Nana Oye Lister as Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection over gay rights support

Ghana Christian group slams pro-gay gender minister
14 January 2013

A Christian group is protesting Ghana’s new gender minister Nana Oye Lithur over her support of gay rights.

The homophobic group called ‘Concerned Clergy Association of Ghana’ is opposing Lithur’s appointment as Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection because she is a ‘proponent and supporter of gay rights’.

To appoint Nana Oye Lithur to ‘this sensitive position as a Gender, Children, and Social Protection Minister is detrimental to our social cultural norms and religious beliefs,’ said group spokesman Bishop Prince Benny Wood, citifmonline.com reports.

He added: ‘As Ghanaians, we think that the President must take a second look at that kind of position that is being given to Nana Oye Lithur because we think that her views as far as homosexuality is concerned is too much to the extreme.’

In Ghana, sexual acts between men are illegal and there is no protection from discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. It is unclear whether sexual acts between women are illegal.

Jail sentences for those accused of male same-sex activity can range from five to 25 years.

But Oye Lithur said: ‘Not even the president of Ghana can deny anybody’s human rights irrespective of the person’s sexual orientation, ethnic group, gender and what have you.’

‘These are guaranteed in our constitution and everybody in Ghana has an obligation to respect that constitution.’

Oye Lithur is currently Executive Director of the Human Rights Advocacy Centre, which provides legal services to those who cannot afford them. It has handled 677 human rights cases since 2009.

Oye Lithur has 20 years experience as a human rights lawyer and is described as an activist. Her name was included in the first list of ministerial nominees to be made public last week.

Responding to the homophobic comments, Nana Asantewa Afadzinu, the Executive Director of the West Africa Civil Society Institute, told GBC Ghana that Oye Lister is an embodiment of human rights for all.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Could these 18 gays and lesbians bring gay marriage to Baja California?

14 lesbians and four gay men submitted an appeal to Congress demanding not just marriage equality, but adoption, social security and all the rights that heterosexuals enjoy with marriage
No thumbnail available

Taiwanese actress sparks gay marriage controversy

Amber Kuo says proposals to legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan are 'worrying'
No thumbnail available

Gok Wan's spec-tacular Red Nose Day campaign

UK charity fundraiser slated for 13 March
Viet Pride promotes equality at work with help from PwC

Viet Pride promotes equality at work with help from PwC

Viet Pride offers not only the world’s only bike rally pride parade, but has expanded this year to address LGBTI workplace issues
No thumbnail available

Gay celebrities take to social media to get out the vote in the US

Ellen DeGeneres, Alan Cumming and Billie Jean King among those urging Americans to take part in elections
No thumbnail available

Gay star Zachary Quinto scolds Donald Trump via Twitter: 'Redirect the energy'

Star Trek's Mr. Spock takes mogul to task for election night rant
No thumbnail available

Joan Rivers makes trans jokes about Chaz Bono and jokes about his father's death

'I don't want to know what's connected and I hope for his sake it is'
Study: Women more likely to be bisexual

Study: Women more likely to be bisexual

Romantic opportunities appear to influence women's sexual identities – but not men's.
No thumbnail available

Screening of NBC's The New Normal to be held in Utah after local station refuses to air it

KSL-TV meets with LGBT families but still won't air gay-themed show