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Same sex marriage will never be legalized in Ghana - Akufo-Addo

"Let me repeat, it will never happen in my time as President,
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Same-sex marriage will not be legalized in Ghana, according to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

President Akufo-Addo claimed that it will never happen during his presidency while speaking at the installation of the second Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Ghana at Asante Mampong in the Ashanti Region on Saturday, February 27, 2021.

    "I have said this before, let me in conclusion stress again, that it will not be under the presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that same sex marriage will be legal, 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.

The European Union (EU) in Ghana took part in the opening of an office space in Accra for a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Intersex (LGBTQI) rights organization on January 31, 2021.

A fundraiser was organized by LGBTQI+ Rights Ghana to formally introduce and encourage its office and community space.

When it was revealed that a similar office had been established in Ghana, the EU office in Ghana reaffirmed its support for similar organizations.

Some invited guests attended the fundraiser, including the Australian High Commissioner, Gregory Andrews, the Danish Ambassador, Tom Nrring, and some EU delegates.

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".

Say no to homosexuality - Christian, Muslims clergy declare

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.

Opposition against moves by the LGBTQI community to establish a strong presence in Ghana gained a strong ground this week.

Join the chorus to oppose the move was the clergy, teacher unions and traditional leaders, all of whom posted strong positions against the notion that homosexuality is a rights issue.

Consequently, they urged the state to resist every attempt by the LGBTQI community to operate.

The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), the Muslim Party, the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), and the Alliance for Christian Advocacy Africa were the religious organizations, while the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers-Ghana (CCT-Gh) were the teacher organizations, and the Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang was the traditional chief.

The National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, an organization that opposes the LGBTQI movement's activities in Ghana, has requested that the office be closed.

The Coalition's Executive Secretary, Moses Foh-Amoaning, said the office's presence was unconstitutional and an affront to Ghana's rules, practices, and customs.

He insisted that because Ghana had not signed any international treaties authorizing the promotion of LGBTQI activities in the country, any attempt by anyone to promote the group's activities was illegal.

On the contrary, international laws such as the United Nations Treaty on Economic, Cultural, Social, and Political Rights, which Ghana had ratified, preserved Ghana's sovereignty to defend its cultural values, according to Mr Foh-Amoaning.

He accused Ghana's international community of endorsing an act that he believed was contrary to Ghanaians' customs and traditions and infringed on the country's sovereignty.

The police, with the assistance of the property owner, shut down the LGBTQI group's office on Wednesday (February 24, 2021).

The owner of the five-bedroom apartment in Ashongman Estate where the group was staying said the group never told him they wanted to use it to support LGBTQI activities in Ghana, prompting him to terminate the tenancy agreement and refund their money.

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