2 March 2021 | The president of the Northern Ghana Union Mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Kwame Kwanin Boakye, has called on Ghana’s Parliament to ban all practice of LGBTQI lifestyles in the country.
Modern Ghana reported the leader spoke to journalists in Kumasi, expressing relief that the country’s government already opposed practice of such lifestyles.
There is currently a zero tolerance approach towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Ghana. Practice of these lifestyles could lead to a prison sentence between 3 and 25 years. However, The Guardian reports that the legal ban on same-sex relationships is seldom enforced in the country.
The Adventist Church in the country is joining calls to make laws against LGBTQI lifestyles even stricter.
“On behalf of the Seventh-day Adventist in Ghana and myself, we want to commend and express our sincere thank you to the president of the Republic, President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo and the Government, for reaffirming that ‘Ghana will never and cannot go gay,” said Boakye.
He added that, “All other religious organizations… are exhilarated to hear that homosexuals and lesbians are not part of Ghana and cannot be part of its citizens.”
According to Modern Ghana, the Adventist leader claimed the Bible prohibits homosexuality. He said the church would fight homosexuality through preaching and other means while legislation was put in place to further outlaw homosexual practice.
“All practice, like homosexualism and its relationship (LGBTQI), which dehumanizes the social well-being of Ghanaians should not be tolerated and must be condemned in the country,” said Boakye.