By Maxwell Ofori .
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cleared the air for the first time on his administration’s stance on the legalisation of same sex marriage, saying it is nowhere in the plans of the government.
According to the President, the country is deep rooted in the doctrines of Christianity, and that any such act would not be entertained in its society, whose customs and cultures also frown upon it.
President Akufo-Addo’s comment on same sex marriage came up during a recent interview on Aljazeera, which generated heated debates in the country, with a section of the population accusing the President of failing to declare his stance on the controversial topic.
The President had emphasised in the said interview that the cultural norms of the Ghanaian had no space for such acts, and that, it would be out of place to even think of taking it to the people as a government.
He, however, acknowledged that in countries where such acts were not forbidden, it started through strong advocacy.
The opposition took his response out of context, suggesting that the Akufo-Addo government did not have a strong position on same sex marriage.
Subsequently, the Presidency issued a statement to debunk the claims, and asked the citizens to regard the comments as propaganda by his opponents.
Speaking at this year’s Synod of the Global Evangelical Church in Accra yesterday, President Akufo-Addo, who is a human rights activist, stated emphatically that gay marriage would not be legalised under his regime.
According to him, the government has no plans to change the existing laws on same sex marriage.
“Let me assure you that this government has no plans to change the law on same sex marriage. We have no authority, and we will not seek any authority to do so,” he remarked.
President Akufo-Addo was responding to a plea from the Global Evangelical Church that the government should not legalise same sex marriage.
President Akufo-Addo charged the church to do its best to support the government. Describing it as an integral part of society, President Akufo-Addo noted that the church cannot concentrate on its activities alone, as the congregations are citizens of the country first, before joining the church.
Stressing further on the need for the church to play a role in politics, President Akufo-Addo indicated that they must help the country to have a very functioning society, to make it easier for people to worship in the church.
Juxtaposing the need for good living conditions of church members to the role of the government and the church, the President said both stakeholders must work hand-in-hand.
“God knows that I preach prosperity,” he said, charging the church to ensure that their congregations are in better living conditions.
President Akufo-Addo said that as a Christian in politics, he would continue to be deeply guided by the values of the church.
“I believe it is also important that we promote the study of the subject that equips our young ones for jobs, and develops their capacity to compete in the modern world.
“As we encourage our youth to hear the call of the Lord to become priests, prophets and preachers, we should also help them to become engineers, scientists, carpenters, masons, plumbers, mathematics teachers, tailors, etc., because we must have a properly functioning society to be able to worship in peace…,” he observed.