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Catholic Church tells Akufo-Addo: Close down LGBTQI office

The Catholic Church wants the government to shut down the community centre opened by LGBTQI campaigners in Accra

The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has called for the immediate closure of the newly opened community centre for LGBTQI campaigners in Accra.

The Conference also wants President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to state the government’s position on homosexuality.

It further advised the executive and legislative arms of government not to yield to any pressure to legalise the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgender people in Ghana.

A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and signed by its president, Most Reverend Philip Naameh, said although the Church condemns the practice of homosexuality, it believes that gay people should not be subjected to any harassment simply because of their sexual preference.

Watch a one-off repeat broadcast of the sizzling debate about LGBTQI rights last night on Asaase Radio’s TownHall Talk with Kofi Abotsi:

 

EU support

On Wednesday the European Union in Ghana commended the country for respecting the rights of LGBT people.

It further pledged support for civil society groups which will promote the rights of homosexuals in Ghana.

The EU statement has provoked a backlash by the public. Many Ghanaians have called for the closure of the newly opened LGBT office in the capital, Accra.

Below is the full statement by the Catholic bishops:

Fred Dzakpata

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