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Catholic Bishops Conference Urges President Akufo-Addo to Sign Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill or Risk Elections


In a bold move that has sparked controversy and heated debate across Ghana, the Catholic Bishops Conference has issued a stern ultimatum to President Nana Akufo-Addo, urging him to sign the contentious Anti-LGBTQ+ bill into law or face potential electoral consequences.

The bill, which has been a subject of intense scrutiny and polarized opinions, aims to criminalize LGBTQ+ activities and advocacy in the West African nation. It proposes severe penalties, including prison sentences, for individuals involved in same-sex relationships or promoting LGBTQ+ rights.

In a statement released by the Catholic Bishops Conference, the religious body emphasized the importance of upholding traditional values and protecting the sanctity of marriage and family. They argued that the bill is necessary to safeguard Ghanaian society from what they perceive as immoral influences that threaten the fabric of the nation.

Furthermore, the Catholic Bishops Conference warned President Akufo-Addo that failure to sign the bill into law could result in backlash from conservative voters in the upcoming elections. They urged him to heed the voices of the majority and demonstrate strong leadership by enacting legislation that reflects the values of the Ghanaian people.

The ultimatum from the Catholic Bishops Conference has ignited a fierce debate within Ghanaian society, with supporters and opponents of the bill clashing over issues of human rights, freedom of expression, and the role of religion in governance.

While conservative groups and religious organizations have rallied behind the Catholic Bishops Conference, advocating for the swift enactment of the bill, human rights activists and LGBTQ+ advocates have condemned the proposed legislation as discriminatory and a violation of fundamental human rights.

President Akufo-Addo now finds himself caught between the pressures of upholding democratic principles and appeasing conservative factions within his political base. His decision on whether to sign the bill into law is expected to have far-reaching implications for the future of LGBTQ+ rights and civil liberties in Ghana.

story filed by: Nana kwaku Duah


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