Most Reverend Joseph Osei-Bonsu, the Catholic Bishop of Konongo-Mampong, has slammed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his inconsistent remarks on LGBTQI+ issues.
In an open letter, he chastised the President, Most Rev. Osei-Bonsu documented the president’s remarks beginning with his 2017 Aljazeera interview, in which the President stated that there was no “sufficiently strong coalition” to cause a change in Ghana’s laws regarding LGBTQI issues.
He claimed that the president should have informed the journalist that “homosexuality remains a criminal offense in Ghana,” citing Section 104 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code of 1960, which criminalizes consensual same-sex sexual acts between persons of the same gender.
Most Rev. Osei-Bonsu also chastised the president for his recent remarks on the subject during the visit of American Vice President Kamala Harris.
President Akufo-Addo said his government intervened and modified the “Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values 2021” bill after Kamala Harris pressed Ghana to respect the rights of homosexuals.
According to Most Rev. Osei-Bonsu, the president must be able to explain to those pushing for gay rights that “the rights of homosexuals as persons do not include the right of a man to marry a man or of a woman to marry a woman.” We must emphasize that LGBTQ+ activities are not considered fundamental human rights and cannot be included on the list of human rights.”