The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has called on both the Executive and Legislature not to give in to calls for the legalisation of homosexuality in Ghana.
This call comes after the issue of LGBTQI has come up recently significantly in the country particularly after the commissioning of their office space at an unknown location in the country.
In a statement issued on Friday [February 19, 2021], the church urged President Akufo-Addo and the government to close down the LGBTQI office space recently inaugurated in the country by the EU in Ghana.
As part of the letter, the group called on both the Executive and Legislative arm of government not to succumb to any pressure to legalize the rights of LGBTQIs.
“Finally, we also urge the Executive and the Legislature never to be cowed down or to succumb to the pressure to legalize the rights of LGBTQIs in Ghana.”
They also added that the government should close the office space that was inaugurated and allegedly being sponsored by the European Union.
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“We also call on the Government of Ghana to close down the LGBTQI office space that was recently opened in Accra” parts of the statement read.
According to the Conference, though the church respects the human rights of homosexuals, it frowns upon acts of homosexuality.
It would be recalled that in 2017, in an interview with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Aljazeera, he mentioned that it was an offence in the country, but he doesn’t believe that there is a strong coalition that could cajole them into its legalisation.
Asked why homosexuality remained a criminal offence in Ghana, the president said, “I don’t believe that in Ghana so far a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact of public opinion that will say, change it; let’s then have a new paradigm in Ghana.”
However, the Minister-Designate for Gender, Madam Adwoa Safo said during vetting that also added that though it is illegal according to the Criminal Act of 1960n which was amended in 2003, the mention of homosexuality causes a stir in the country, but was unequivocal in adding that it is non-negotiable.
Heeding to this call, as a follow and update the President ordered a closure of the office few days after the clarion call was made by the Bishops Conference concerning lesbian and gay activities in the country.