President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated that same sex marriage will not be legalized in Ghana.
Speaking at the installation of the second Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Ghana at Asante Mampong on Saturday, February 27, 2021, President stressed that it will never happen during his presidency.
“I have said this before, let me stress again, that it will not be under the presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa 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,” President Akufo-Addo stressed.
On January 31, 2021, the European Union (EU) in Ghana participated in the opening of a new office space for a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer Intersex (LGBTQI) rights group in Accra.
The group, LGBT+ Rights Ghana hosted a fundraiser to officially introduce and promote its office and community space.
The EU office in Ghana when it became public that it an office of that nature had been opened in Ghana reiterated its support for similar organisations.
In attendance at the fundraiser were some invited guests including the Australian High Commissioner, Gregory Andrews, the Danish Ambassador, Tom Nørring and some delegates from the EU.
In a post on Facebook, the EU in Ghana posted: “A couple of weeks ago the EU in Ghana participated in the opening of the new community space of the @LGBTRightsGhana. Equality, tolerance and respect for each other are core values of the EU. The EU supports civil society organisations promoting #LGBTIQ rights ???️?. #EU4LGBT”.
Following the opening of the office, there has been opposition from anti-LGBQTI stakeholders with calls on government to resist any attempt by the group to lawfully operate in Ghana since Ghana’s laws frowned on it.
The National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, a group which advocates against the activities of the LGBTQI movement in Ghana called for the office to be shut down.
The Executive Secretary of the Coalition, Moses Foh-Amoaning said the existence of the office was illegal and an affront to the laws, traditions and customs of Ghana.
He insisted that Ghana as a country had not signed any international laws permitting the promotion of LGBTQI activities in the country therefore, any attempt by anyone to promote the activities of the group amounted to illegality.
Mr Foh-Amoaning noted that on the contrary, international laws such as the Economic, Cultural, Social and Political Rights of the United Nations treaty, which the country had ratified, protected the sovereignty of Ghana to defend its cultural values.
He accused the international community in Ghana for promoting an act which he said was alien to the customs and traditions of Ghanaians and infringed on the sovereignty of the state.
The police on Wednesday (Feb 24, 2021) with the support of the owner of the property closed down the said office of the LGBTQI group.
The owner of the five bedroom apartment, which was housing the group at Ashongman Estate said the group never explained to him that they were going to use it to promote LGBTQI activities in Ghana, hence his decision to terminate the tenancy agreement and refund their money to them.
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