A top private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu has hinted on the year Ghana will possibly legalise same-sex marriage.
According to the Lawyer, although same-sex relationships are a major taboo across many African countries, Ghana cannot stand the international force that comes with such advocacy adding that it was just a question of time.
Martin Kpebu has estimated 2039 as a possible timeline to when Ghana may pass or accept same-sex marriage.
Mr Kpebu who spoke at a workshop organised by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) believes that the law inherited from the British colonial era was inconsistent with the fundamental human rights of the individual and violates their right to dignity.
He explained that laws that target people based on their sexual preferences, social origin, social status undermine the principles of freedom, liberty and justice.
“What two adult people do in private, why is it another man’s business,” he quizzed.
The workshop on decriminalising and declassifying petty offences in Ghana was meant to familiarise journalists and other media actors on the importance of The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) and other regional instruments signed by member countries.
Admitting the matter was a complex one, he stressed that was how societies evolved and it always took a few outspoken people to speak on delicate issues which start debates; “So those who are very sensitive to it will eventually get desensitised.”
“You think in 20 years we would not have legalised same-sex marriage; we can’t stand the force. It’s just a question of time,” he stated.
The lawyer’s latest stance fit together into President Akufo-Addo’s 2017 interview on Aljazeera TV network where he said Ghana at present did not have enough coalition to impact public opinion on the subject and call for a new paradigm.
“At the moment, I don’t feel, and I don’t see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that is saying that this is something that we need to even deal with. It is not so far a matter which is on the agenda,” the president told the Qatar based TV station.