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"I love homosexuals", Mahama declares

Dr. Edward Mahama, a practicing medical doctor believes that gays and lesbians in spite of the unhealthy acts that partake in, have rights that need to be respected by the general public.

He made the statement when he spoke at the Institute of Economic Affairs evening encounter with Presidential aspirants from the various political parties.

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Dr. Edward Mahama, a practicing medical doctor believes that gays and lesbians in spite of the unhealthy acts that partake in, have rights that need to be respected by the general public.

“As a Christian I think homosexuality is condemned by the Bible, but I think also as a Christian, Christ said we should love our neighbor as we love ourselves so I love them. I may disagree with them and their lifestyle.  I have a very close friend whose son was a homosexual and I always looked at him and loved him inside me but the fact that he was doing the wrong thing for himself”, said Dr. Mahama.

According to him he doesn’t endorse the act however he continues to advice homosexuals who come to him to shun the lifestyle. "As you know being a pastor, Paul says that when we commit sexual sin it’s against our own body first. There are the scientific basis which others may disagree with. So basically it is not a very healthy sexual practice."

Adding that "And I tell lesbians and gays who come to me that it is not a very healthy sexual practice. If you enjoy it, do it, but you are taking the risk.”

“What I am saying is that it’s their right to do what they like with their body but I don’t endorse it and I think it’s wrong which is why I educate them. And that’s all I can do because I am not going to think for somebody,”

This is the fifth time Dr. Mahama will be making the attempt at the presidency after he lost the bid to represent his party in 2008 when he lost to APC presidential Candidate Hassan Ayariga.

Ghanaian laws are silent on the illegality of homosexuals and lesbians which is illegal in certain African countries.

However, there is a criminal code on sexual relationship among men. “uncarnal knowledge” of another man may lead to a 3-year jail term if arrested.

Over the years, the rights of homosexuals and lesbians have become a major human rights topic in Ghana with certain key members of society condemning the act and people involved. In 2011, the Late President John Evans Atta Mills refused to legalize homosexuality in spite of pressures and threats from foreign bodies including the UK to cut bilateral aid.

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