Despite the push to afford gays and lesbians equal rights in many Western countries, others aren’t so welcoming. Recently, Ghana’s President John Atta Mills rejected the threat made by UK Prime Minister David Cameron that aid would be cut to countries that did not legalize gay rights.
Uganda, which debated a bill making homosexuality punishable by death, also rejected the threat accusing Cameron of trying to impose a “bullying mentality” on African nations.
In a statement, Ghana’s President Atta Mills said, “I, as president, will never initiate or support any attempt to legalise homosexuality in Ghana.”
Uganda’s presidential advisor, John Nagenda, took it a step further, saying, “If they must take their money, so be it.”
According to the BBC, 41 nations within the 54-member Commonwealth have laws against homosexuality, many stemming from colonial days. The threat in a cut to foreign aid would only apply to the UK’s general budget support, which gives money to multiple countries. A cut in this type of aid wouldn’t affect one country specifically, but rather the amount given overall.
Despite this, many countries aren’t willing to submit to what they see as the cultural norms of the West.
Ghana’s presidential spokesperson challenged, “If that aid is going to be tied to things that will destroy the moral fibre of society, do you really want that?”
What do you think? Should aid for foreign counties be tied to their social policies?
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