President Nana Akufo-Addo has said he will never legalise same-sex marriage.
“For same-sex marriage to be legalised in Ghana, it will not happen in my time as President”, the Ghanaian leader said at the St. Michael and All Angels Cathedral in Asante Mampong on Saturday, 27 February 2021, during the installation of the Second Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Ghana.
“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”, he emphasised to applause from the congregation.
The President made a similar declaration in 2018 after he had said in an Aljazeera interview that the recognition of the LGBT+ community in Ghana was “bound to happen” in Ghana, for which he was roundly criticised.
The debate sprung up again after the LGBT+ community opened an office space at Ashongman in Accra.
It was later closed down by the National Security Secretariat following widespread condemnation by the general public led by the clergy and CSOs.