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Same-sex Marriage Will Never be Legalized in Ghana – Akufo-Addo [VIDEO]

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated that same-sex marriage will not be legalized in Ghana.

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], President Akufo-Addo stressed that it will never happen during his presidency.

“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.

President Akufo-Addo’s statement follows recent public calls for the government to re-state Ghana’s position on same-sex marriage and the activities of persons who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer Intersex (LGBTQI) in Ghana.

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This is not the first time Ghana has declared its stance on same-sex marriage.

During President J.E.A. Mills’ era, he declared a similar position that Ghana was not going to endorse same-sex marriage.

President Akufo-Addo when he took over as President in 2017, gave a similar indication that he will never amend the laws of Ghana to allow for same-sex marriage.

On January 31, 2021, the European Union (EU) in Ghana participated in the opening of an office space for a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer Intersex (LGBTQI) rights group in Accra.

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The group, LGBTQI+ Rights Ghana hosted a fundraiser to officially introduce and promote its office and community space.

The EU office in Ghana when it became public that an office of that nature had been opened in Ghana reiterated its support for similar organisations.

In attendance at the fundraiser were some invited guests including the Australian High Commissioner, Gregory Andrews, the Danish Ambassador, Tom Nørring and some delegates from the EU.

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”.

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