Former Ghanaian President Opposes LGBTQ Practices Citing Religious Beliefs

Ghana’s former president and leading opposition figure, John Dramani Mahama, has expressed opposition to LGBTQ practices, citing conflicts with his Christian faith.

“I cannot accept a man marrying a man, or a woman marrying a woman,” Mr. Mahama stated.

Speaking to a group of Ghanaian religious leaders on Wednesday, he emphasized, “I don’t believe that anybody can claim to feel like a man, though born a woman, and decide to change.”

The issue of LGBTQ rights is contentious in Ghana. Currently, the country’s parliament is considering an anti-LGBTQ bill that proposes harsh penalties for LGBTQ individuals. If passed, the bill will make it illegal for Ghanaians to identify as LGBTQ, increase the maximum sentence for same-sex activities from three to five years, and prohibit advocacy for LGBTQ rights.

Under Ghanaian law, homosexual acts are already criminalized, carrying a three-year prison sentence.

John Dramani Mahama served as Ghana’s president from 2012 to 2017 but was defeated in his bid for a second term by the current President Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2016 elections. At 65 years old, Mahama is running for re-election in the upcoming December presidential elections, representing the main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress.

Piers Potter


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