President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given the strongest indication that same-sex marriage and other LGBTQ+ activities will not be legalised under his presidency.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the legislation of same-sex marriage to become lawful has not and will not be a matter he will ever consider.
“It will not be under the presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana,” he stated.
“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 legal,” the President restated.
President Akufo-Addo gave the assurance at the installation of the 2nd Archbishop of the Anglican Church, held at Asante Mampong in the Ashanti Region Saturday, February 27, 2021.
Addressing the congregation, President Akufo-Addo restated that; “…it will never happen in my time as President.”
Recent past weeks had been characterised by a plethora of discussions over LGBTQ+ and its acceptability in the country following the opening of the group’s office in Accra.
The development had been condemned by many, particularly the Christian and Muslim groups, as subtle enforcement of the group’s activities to become part of the Ghanaian live-in spite of the country’s laws, culture and beliefs that frowns on it.
The police together with the landlord on February 24 closed down the LGBTQ+ office in Ashongman, a suburb in Accra, over the public’s disenchantment of the unknown culture creeping gradually into the Ghanaian life.
Anti-gay rights advocates —National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Value and religious factions such as the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), National Peace Council, National Chief Imam — have further advanced arguments for the government to dispel the ambiguity surrounding the laws on sexuality.
But Pro-gay rights activists in the country have also argued that the law does not explicitly outlaw the act aside from its criminalisation of unnatural carnal knowledge, adding that government must protect their interests as citizens.
President Akufo-Addo said the Anglican Church which had “probably been continuously present on Ghanaian soil longer than any”, had grown to become one of the largest congregations in the country.
On the COVID-19 vaccinations, which are set to begin soon, the President said it is vital that Ghanaians continue to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols.
“The Church must do its part to help enforce these protocols because they remain the weapons of our fight to defeat the virus. As your President, I assure you that I will continue to provide the requisite leadership necessary in helping our country to emerge from this relatively unscathed,” he added.
While Congratulating the new Archbishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith, on his assumption of office, President Akufo-Addo said he looks forward to the new measures and strategies that will project the image of the Anglican Communion in Ghana by affirming stronger and tighter collaboration with the State.
“Archbishop, we will support you in this endeavour and I will urge all members of the Communion here in Ghana to be united in their support of you.”
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD