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gay rights

  • According to the President, “I have said this before, and 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 legalised in Ghana. It will never happen in my time as President.”

    President Akufo-Addo has stated that the legalisation of same-sex marriage will never happen in his time as President.

  • Section 104 of the Criminal Code of Ghana criminalises unnatural carnal knowledge and anybody found to be guilty of having unnatural carnal knowledge of any person of age 16 years or over without his or her consent shall be guilty of first degree felony and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than 25 years.

    The Inspector-General of Police, Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, has said the practice of LGBTQI in the country is illegal, and therefore, the service will deal with anybody who infringes the law.

  • The legal fight focused on the definition of “sex” in Title VII. The court agreed with the plaintiffs that discriminating against gay and transgender workers was inherently based on their sex and consequently was illegal.

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a watershed victory for LGBT rights and a defeat for President Donald Trump’s administration by ruling that a longstanding federal law barring workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees.

  • “Thankfully, all the religious bodies in Ghana frowns on LGBTQI+ practices. Additionally, the traditional religious leaders also see it as an abomination. Ghanaians, for that matter Africans, cherish our rich and strong values on issues relating to LGBTQI+ practices and our pulpit must not be silent,” he noted.

    The Bishop of the Tema Diocese of The Methodist Church Ghana, Rt. Rev. Samuel Ofori-Akyea, has called on christians to intensify their teachings on the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender, Queer Intersex (LGBTQI+) issue as well as educate their members, especially the youth and the Sunday School children on the adverse effects of the practices of the group.

  • “It boggles the mind that the hierarchy can affirm that LGBTQ+ persons are made in the image of God but that their unions are a sin,” she said via email. “Are they made in God’s image with the exception of their hearts? With the exception of their abilities and inclinations to love?”

    The Vatican’s declaration that same-sex unions are a sin the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless was no surprise for LGBTQ Catholics in the United States — yet it stung deeply nonetheless.

  • Mr Banda bemoaned how the LGBTQI community is gradually gaining grounds and the fact that membership of the group keeps increasing in the country, adding that the phenomenon is frowned upon by the 1992 Constitution.

    Immediate past Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Ben Abdallah Banda has appealed to the 8th Parliament to as a matter of urgency, revise the Unnatural Canal Knowledge Act to ban and criminalize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuals, Transgender and Queer Individuals (LGBTQI) in Ghana.

  • Mr Andrews stated that Ghanaian culture needs to accept people for who they are by respecting their rights without causing any harm to people indulging in the act.

    Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin says Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) practices are an abomination to Ghanaian culture as such they will not be accepted in the country.

  • The police Wednesday morning closed down the recently opened office of a Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) group in Accra, Ghana.

  • But the push by certain interest groups for the normalisation of such sexual practices, often accompanied by condescending socioeconomic conditionalities or threats of sanctions for non-adherence is not a new phenomenon.

    Written By Raymond Tuvi - All through its print and electronic media, Ghana has been abuzz with impassioned and well-reasoned discussions touching on whether to permit the promotion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and other related practices in the country or not. The prevailing viewpoint of leading religious, political and traditional authorities, some civil society organisations and the generality of those heard from, is that such sexual orientations or practices are alien to Ghanaian cultural norms and values. They also offend the commandments of God, be they expressed through Christian, Muslim or Traditional codes of conduct Ghanaians adhere to.

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