chapter  4
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Religion, law and same-sex relationships

BySeth Tweneboah

Despite the internal weaknesses and rift among the various legal authorities, there are unquestionably instances in which these actors come together to resist what they deem as unfavourable international legal and political control. Religious beliefs, thoughts and personnel offer a reason to manage internal legal and political crises. State actors finding themselves overwhelmed by international legal and political pressures take full advantage of the opportunities local and religious flows offer. Drawing on ongoing controversy over same-sex relationships, this chapter addresses the question of how homosexuality is both a source of tension between the different normative traditions and also an avenue for collaboration between these traditions, especially in resisting what society holds as external political and human rights practices. The chapter, thus, shows that the ongoing politicisation of homosexuality creates both tension and cooperation among the differing legal orders in contemporary Ghana.