The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has called on stakeholders to amend the laws criminalizing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Intersex (LGBTQI) Rights in Ghana.
The Chairman of the GPCC, Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso who was speaking on Dwaboase on Power FM suggested that anti gay laws, in their current state, are not clear and that is why people are able to walk freely on the streets and claim they are gay activists.
“The law says if a man is caught having sex with a fellow man, its a crime but same cannot be said about someone who does that and comes out to announce to the world he is gay,” Prof. Frimpong-Manso argued.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has stated that it will not be under his presidency that marriage between persons of the same sex will be legalized in the country.
President Akufo-Addo made the remark at the St. Micheal and All Angels Cathedral in Asante Mampong during the installation of the Second Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Ghana.
“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 stressed.
Although an office for LGBTQI activists in Accra was raided and closed down last week, Rev. Prof. Frimpong-Manso believes the country’s anti LGBTQI laws are not harsh enough to deter gay activists, thereby calling for processes to amend it.
Asked by host Kwame Minkah whether or not the president’s statement was enough to put the matter to rest, the general Superintendent for the Assemblies of God Church said, “the President has said he won’t legalize it; Ghana is governed not by what a President says but by laws. So if we check and we can strengthen the laws we should do it,” he added.
The president has come under pressure to state the governmemnt’s position on LGBT after the European Union (EU) confirmed it participated in the opening of the group, LGBT+ Rights Ghana, on January 31, 2021.
EU also said it supported the group’s fundraiser to officially introduce and promote its office and community space.
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”.
Reports state the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Gregory Andrews, the Danish Ambassador, His Excellency Tom Nørring and some delegates from the EU were present at the fundraising event.
But the religious bodies in the country has sharply condemned the act and have called on the government to clamp down on the act which they describe as immoral.