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Akufo-Addo assures Ghanaians: I won’t legalise gay marriage

President Akufo-Addo says he won't change the laws of Ghana to accept same-sex marriage

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  • "I have said it before, and let me stress it again, that it will not be under the presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana. It will never happen in my time as president."

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated that same-sex marriage will never be lagalised under his watch.

“I have said it before, and let me stress it again, that it will not be under the presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana,” the president stressed at the installation of the 2nd Archbishop of the Anglican Church at St Michael and All Angels Cathedral at Asante Mampong in the Ashanti Region on Saturday 27 February.

“It will never happen in my time as president,” Akufo-Addo emphasised.

The president’s comments are expected to put to rest the raging debate on his stance on the issue following recent backlash that has greeted the opening of the Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) office in Accra.

Office closure

Personnel believed to be national security operatives raided the LGBTQI community space in Accra last Wednesday.

It is not clear what might have led to the latest development as the raging controversy on LGBTQI activities dominate discussions in the past few days.

The LGBT+ Rights Ghana group has called on human rights organisations to condemn the raid.

“This morning our office was raided by National Security. A few days ago traditional leaders threatened to burn down our office but the police did not help,” it said.

It added “At this moment, we no longer have access to our safe space and our safety is being threatened. We call on all human rights organisations, and allies to speak out against these attacks and hate crimes we are being subjected to.”

Prosecute persons behind LGBTQI

A few days ago, the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of persons behind the community centre.

It also wants all diplomats who allegedly took part in the opening of the LGBTQI office in Ghana to be summoned to explain their actions since Ghana’s laws frown on such activities.

A statement issued and signed by the president of GPCC Rev Prof Paul Frimpong-Manso said government must not yield to endorsing the activities of LGBTQI because it is a potential threat to peace.

“Close down without delay the alleged LGBTQI office in Ghana and immediately arrest and prosecute the individuals or groups behind the alleged opening of this new office in Ghana for breach of the law and potential threat to peace.

“Summon all foreign diplomats who allegedly participated in the opening of the LGBTQI offices in Ghana to explain their violation of the sovereignty of Ghana,” the Council said in a statement.

Fred Dzakpata

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