Ghanaian President says same-sex marriage will “never happen under presidency”

EYEAFRICA TV: Accra, GHANA:- Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo says same-sex marriage will never be allowed under his presidency as pressure mount on his government to recognize and legalize the rights of homosexuals in Ghana.

“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 legal,” he stressed.

President Akufo-Addo made the remark at the St. Micheal and All Angels Cathedral in Asante Mampong during the installation of the Second Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Ghana.

The recent closure of an LGBTQ+ office in Accra generated public conversations on the issue and further increase pressure on the executive arm of government to come clear and state its position.

While some Ghanaians believe that the rights of LGBTQ+ must be protected like anyone else, others say the practice when allowed will serve interests that are abhorrent to the culture and values of the Ghanaian people.

Many religious bodies, Parliamentarians, Ministers-Designates, human right advocates, supporters of the movement and other relevant stakeholders, have all commented issue. The nation however remained divided on the issue but majority of the people are for the criminalization of homosexuality.

This is the second time President Akufo-Addo is publicly declaring his stance on the controversial subject.

In 2018, the President gave the first of his indication that he will never amend the laws of the country that criminalize same-sex marriage.

He made the declaration at a similar church ceremony during the synod of the Global Evangelical Church in Accra.

It followed an interview the President granted with international news network, Al-Jazeera on Ghana’s position on homosexuality.

“Currently, there are some laws on LGBT in Ghana. We in the police will enforce the law as far as the limits of the laws are concerned. Therefore, as long as those laws remain in our statute books, we are going to enforce them. If the people of Ghana by way decide that they are going to legitimize it and is taken off from our books, we are okay with it. But until that is done, we will ensure that the laws are complied with”, Ghana’s Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong Boanuh said.

“The whole point I am making is that we should not take the laws into our hands. Whatever may happen, we should leave the security agencies to use the applicable laws to deal with the situation,” he added, saying the Police as law enforcers would continue to apply Ghana’s laws on such issues.

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