- President Akufo-Addo made it known that legalizing homosexuality was not a priority at the moment
- He stated that with strong advocacy on the issue, the country’s laws may change in future
- The Christian Council however demands the government state explicitly what their stance on the topic is
Following President Akufo-Addo’s comments on homosexuality as a topic of deep discussion in the near future, the Christian Council of Ghana has asked that government make known its stand on the issue.
The president was interviewed a few days ago by the international news channel, Al Jazeera, where he responded to questions about whether Ghana will legalize homosexuality in the near future.
President Akufo-Addo noted that the current traditional and cultural landscape of the citizens does not allow for the legalization of the sexual preference, although given time and stronger advocacy, that stance could change.
“I don’t believe that in Ghana, so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say: ‘Change it [the law], let’s then have a new paradigm in Ghana. I think it is something that is bound to happen like elsewhere in the world, they are activities of individuals of group,” the president said.
However, the Christian Council remains unconvinced by the president’s words, and has demanded government declare which side they are leaning towards.
According to a Myjoyonline,com report, the council was emphatic about their position on the issue, stating they would never accept it in the country, just like the late President Atta Mills never did.
Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni Frimpong, the general secretary of the council stated: “He [late Mills] was very exact and that is what we want to hear from our leaders today or tomorrow.
Maybe I didn’t hear him well, so somebody should come and explain to us exactly the policy direction of this government as far as same sex marriage is concerned, it will help us."
In his view, President Akufo-Addo’s remarks regarding the issue meant that with enough pressure on the part of advocates of homosexuality, government would be forced to change their stance on the legality or illegality of the sexual orientation.
He added the council is clear on where it stands, and will remain so even if it means enduring economic hardship.
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