President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that same sex marriage will never be legalized on Ghana under his presidency.
He was speaking 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.
“I have said it before, and let me stress it again, that it will not be under the Presidency of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo that same-sex marriage will be legalized in Ghana. It will never happen in my time as president – let me repeat – it will never happen in my time as president,” he said amidst thunderous applause.
This is the second time the president has openly dissociated himself from same sex marriage. The first was in August 2018 at the Synod of the Global Evangelical Church (GEC) where he was he had no legal authority to legalize same sex marriage and will not be seeking the authority to do so.
The opening of an office by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer intersex (LGBTQI) group in Ghana has triggered a huge debate about their rights in the face of the law in Ghana.
Since the start of the recent debate, some appointees of the president have openly taken a stance against the LGBTQI activities in the country, but several pressure groups have been calling on the president himself to take a stance.
Former Deputy Information Minister stated that the president told him in private that he will never legalize homosexuality in Ghana but that did not deter the pressure groups from insisting on hearing from the president himself.
The President’s comments on Saturday, is therefore expected to put to rest the raging debate on his stance on the issue following the recent backlash that has greeted the opening of the LGBTQI office.
Meanwhile, personnel from the police and national security raided the office of LGBTQI and closed it down, reportedly on the orders of the president.
The landlord of the office premises stated that the one who rented the five-bedroom facility never told him the purpose was for LGBTQI activities. He has since returned their remaining ten months of rent and given them a week to remove their stuff from his property.
The LGBT+ Rights Ghana group has since called on human rights organizations to condemn the raid, claiming they are no longer safe.
But the the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) is demanding the immediate arrest and prosecution of persons behind the new LGBTQI community office in the country.
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, which is against the sovereignty of Ghana.
Ningo-Prampram MP, Sam Dzata George has called from the expulsion of the diplomats who supported the opening of the LGBTQI office in Ghana.
Meanwhile, the Journalists Against LGBTQI insist that the homosexuals still have an office within the residence of the Danish Ambassador to Ghana and that one has not been closed down.
They want that office to be closed down and the ambassador and his colleague Australian High Commissioner to be expelled, since they are the ones opening supporting the LGBTQI group in Ghana.