In the midst of calls from all circles on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to take a clear position on LGBTQI Rights in Ghana, ABC News recalls that back in 2018, the president stated government’s position on same sex marriage.
Speaking at the Synod of the Global Evangelical Church in August 2018 at the University of Ghana, the president stated emphatically, that Government had no plans to change the law on same sex marriage.
“Let me assure that this government has no plans of changing the law on same sex marriage – we have no authority and we will not seek any authority to do so,” President Akufo-Addo stated.
This was in a sharp rebuttal to speculations and allegations made by sections of the public then, including some religious leaders of government’s intention to legalize same sex marriage in the country.
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This time round, the allegation is not about government planning to legalize same sex marriage but about the president’s silence on that matter, particularly after the LGBTQI Rights group in Ghana opened a new office at Tesano and it also became clear they have another office at Ashongman in Accra.
What is more worrying is the open support the group got from some diplomatic missions in the country, including the European Union, Danish Embassy and the Australian High Commission.
Meanwhile, even though the President has not openly spoken about the recent event, he reportedly ordered the closure of those two offices, which was carried out by a joint force National Security and police.
Again, a former Deputy Minister of information, Titus Hadzide has stated publicly clearly that the President told him that homosexuality will never be legalized under his presidency.
Meanwhile, other appointees of the president stated positions against the legalization of LGBTQI rights in Ghana during their vetting.
Minister-designate for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said he thinks there should even be a law against advocacy for the legalization of LGBTQI rights in Ghana.
Minister-designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection thinks homosexuality remains criminal in Ghana and that is how she sees it.
Minister-designate for Foreign Affairs called the bluff of American President Joe Biden, saying that Ghana is a sovereign country and cannot be cajoled into accepting an imperialist culture through threats of visa refusal and curtailing of economic support.
Again, politicians in the leading opposition party have also taken a clear stance against LGBTQI rights in Ghana. Top on the list is Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, who said homosexuality is immoral and dehumanizing and frowns on our culture.
Ningo Prampram MP, Sam Dzata George has called on the government to pick up the diplomats who supported the opening of the LGBTQI office in Ghana for questioning about why they are working against Ghana’s sovereignty.
Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga has said the LGBTQI people should recognize they have no rights to practice in Ghana – and that if any individual identifies him or herself to be member of that group, that person should be arrest and dealt with according to law.
However, his former colleague NDC MP, Inusah Fuseini thinks it is time to grant gay people the right to be open about their sexuality, a position that runs contrary to that of several pressure groups in the country, including religious bodies.