- President Nana Akufo-Addo has made a declaration about the ongoing LGBT debate in Ghana
- According to Akufo-Addo, same-sex marriages will not be legalised in his time as president
- Akufo-Addo made the statement at a function in Mampong in the Ashanti Region on Saturday
OUR MANIFESTO: This is what YEN.com.gh believes in
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has finally spoken on the raging debate about the legalisation of same-sex marriages.
In what could be described as his strongest position yet, the president has stated that same-sex marriages will not be legalised under his tenure.
Ghanaians have been engaged in an ongoing discussion on the legalisation of same-sex marriages (LGBT rights) in Ghana.
The debate has been triggered after the activities of an LGBTQIA group operating in the country became public knowledge.
The group recently opened an office at Ashongman Estate in the Dome-Kwabenya constituency which it described as a safe haven for members.
After news of the office's opening came up, many Ghanaians called on the government to shut it down citing that the laws of the land prohibit such activities.
Speaking at the induction of an Anglican Archbishop in Mampong in the Ashanti Region on Saturday, February 27, 2021, Akufo-Addo indicated he was not even considering the legalisation of same-sex marriages.
Akufo-Addo further assured, to the excitement of many at the ceremony, it will not be under his presidency that same-marriages will be legalised.
“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 to much applause from the crowd.
See the video below of Akufo-Addo's declaration:
Meanwhile, the said LGBTQIA+ office which's opening sparked the debate has been closed down by the police.
As previously reported by YEN.com.gh, the office was shut down by the police on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
Enjoy reading our stories? Join YEN.com.gh's Telegram channel! Never miss important updates
Download YEN's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major Ghana news