Mike Ocquaye
Mike Ocquaye

A former senior politician in Ghana has claimed that gay rights advocates are subjecting the world's families to a "satanic attack" and claimed David Cameron agrees with him.

Mike Ocquaye, who was previously deputy speaker of the Ghanaian parliament, told an anti-gay forum in Accra that the gay rights lobby is an "abomination", adding that all children deserve the right to a traditional family structure.

"We don't want a moustache man marrying another bearded man and it is the right of the children to call a man father and a woman mother. Children brought up in the other way will become what we call miscreants," Ocquaye said.

"Indeed the family is under satanic attack and we should take great care to protect it. We Africans have certain values and our friends who want to remain our friends in the western world must respect our values."

Ocquaye praised Cameron and the British people, claiming they recognise the damage wrought by gay rights champions.

"At least Britain recognises it is in a serious crisis today because as they themselves say: 'The family has broken down'. The family in Europe has broken down.

"Two years ago, the British prime minister himself made a public announcement of this."

Ocquaye's speech was published by Ghanaweb, just hours after gay marriage was officially legalised in the UK.

Same-sex weddings became legal at 12.00am on Saturday 29 March - and the first marriage, between Sinclair Treadway and Sean Adl-Tabatabai, took place in Camden at 12.01am.

Many members of Cameron's Conservative party have criticised the legalisation of same-sex marriage. However Defence Secretay Phillip Hammond, who fought the reforms before they became law, says critics should move on.

Hammond told the Andrew Marr show that legalising same-sex weddings was "a good thing for a Conservative government to have done", adding: "We've made that decision. Parliament made a decision to allow same sex marriage."