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Ghanaian President Would Rather Not Discuss Gay Marriage

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama paid a visit to Kennesaw State University for the school's final portion of its year long study of the Republic of Ghana. The Year of Ghana marked the 29th annual country study for the University; next year, Japan.

MahamaghanaIn his discussion with University president Dan Papp, Mahama was cagey regarding his opinions on same-sex marriage, opting to discuss the Ghanaian public's feelings on the matter.  Earlier this year, however, Towleroad reported on his more staunchly anti-gay stance: "Homosexual conduct which is unnatural carnal knowledge of one person or another is criminal and punishable by the laws of Ghana."

The Marietta Daily Journal reports:

Mahama was asked on Monday whether he supported gay rights in Ghana, specifically gay marriage. 

“Well, like you’re saying, even here the question is not settled,” Mahama said, referring to how some states in the U.S. allow gay marriage and some do not. “It’s controversial. And it’s the same, it’s controversial everywhere else, especially in Africa. It’s a difficult situation, but I guess it’s something that –– it’s very difficult to comment on because often it creates more problems. People have a certain cultural hostility towards it, but I believe that laws must prevail. For instance, people must not be beaten or killed because of their sexual orientation, but in my country there is a strong cultural hostility towards it.”

Mahama laughed when asked if he would support gay marriage in Ghana in the future. 

“It’s very difficult for me to ... I’d rather not comment on it,” he said. 

Mahama's visit to the University marks the first time the school has hosted a current head of state.

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  1. He has better PR trainers than most government strongmen.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 4, 2013 7:45:30 PM

  2. This time he's not drinking the KoolAid.

    Posted by: Josh | Oct 4, 2013 7:55:47 PM

  3. "People must not be beaten or killed because of their sexual orientation."

    Well isn't that special.

    Posted by: Darren | Oct 4, 2013 7:58:47 PM

  4. Not talking about something doesn't ever make it go away, Mr. Maroon. It simply festers and gets more and more poisonous. Have it your way, though. La la la....

    Posted by: Geoff | Oct 4, 2013 8:00:23 PM

  5. We've got to get all the developed countries on board first. That goes especially for the entirety of the United States and for Italy!

    Posted by: Dave | Oct 4, 2013 9:35:57 PM

  6. The concept of getting people "on board" reminds me of the old ladies bake sale.

    Posted by: Jim | Oct 4, 2013 10:19:33 PM

  7. Not such a big mouth off your own turf, hey tough guy?


    Posted by: Chaz | Oct 5, 2013 11:19:01 AM

  8. Cagey, aren't we? You're supposed to be a LEADER, not a coward. Ghana- another African toilet with "needs".

    Posted by: Joe | Oct 5, 2013 11:36:09 AM

  9. I'm sorry, but who are these ridiculous people? Instead of asking about marriage, why not grill him about the sodomy law? Of course, he'd laugh in response.

    Posted by: Victor | Oct 5, 2013 2:44:38 PM

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