Ghana President: “Same-sex marriage will never happen under my Presidency”

President Akufo-Addo has given the strongest indication yet about his position on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) activities in the country.

The LGBTQ+ community in Ghana have been calling on the president to pass legislation to allow the free practice of its members in the country but as far as the President is concerned, legislation of same-sex marriage to become lawful is not a matter he will ever consider. “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 said Saturday.

He made these comments at the installation of the 2nd Archbishop of the Anglican Church held in Asante Mampong. The past few weeks have been characterised by a plethora of discussions over LGBTQ+ following the opening of the group’s office in Accra. In recent years there has been increasing discuss about the rights of LGBTQ+ people, more awareness has grown about the legitimacy of the different sexual orientations and the right of people to love whoever they choose to.

The development has however been condemned by many as they say the group’s activities defies the laws of the country, its cultures and beliefs. The issue came to a head this week when the police together with the landlord on February 24 stormed and locked the LGBTQ office at Ashongman in Accra. Pro-gay rights activists in the country have argued that the law does not explicitly outlaw the act aside from its criminalization of unnatural carnal knowledge adding that government must protect their interests as citizens.

Meanwhile, anti-gay rights advocates; National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Value, religious factions such as the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), National Peace Council, National Chief Imam continue to argue and insist that the government move to dispel the ambiguity surrounding the laws on sexuality. After the public call, the President ordered the closure of the LGBTQ+ office in Ghana which led to the police at Kwabenya raiding one of their offices in Kwabenya.

Addressing the cheering gathering at the installation of the Arch Bishop, President Akufo-Addo insisted that; “…it will never happen in my time as President.”

Some prominent citizens have spoken up about the issue, one such case is the Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has cautioned government to not be swayed by what he described as the tyranny of the masses in relation to the protection of minority groups in the country. Professor Henry Kwasi Prempeh said should not government allow itself and its power to be deployed by the majority against minority groups, it further marginalizes and victimizes these minority groups in the country.