NDC hints of plans to legalize same-sex marriage; gov’t denies

The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia is alleging the Akufo-Addo administration has plans to legalise same-sex marriage in Ghana.

The issue of homosexuality has become topical in recent times, with UK Prime Minister Theresa May urging developing countries to legalize the practice.

Speaking at the NDC’s Unity walk in Kumasi today, Mr Asiedu Nketia claimed president Akufo-Addo’s administration is already making plans to accept the practice the majority of Ghanaians abhor.

Nana Addo says men will marry men, and women will marry women, Mr Nketia told the crowd of NDC supporters.

But in a swift rebuttal Director of Communications at the Presidency Eugene Arhin denied the claims.

In a statement copied to Joy News, Mr Arhin said the comment is “a baseless and vile fabrication, by no less a person than the General Secretary of the leading opposition party in Ghana.”

Stressing that the president has not made such comments, he indicated that “it will not be under his Presidency that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana.”

He urged Ghanaians to ignore the falsehoods of the NDC, and asked Mr Asiedu Nketiah to concentrate his energies on uniting his divided and discredited party.

Below is a copy of the full statement

RE: PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO HAS APPROVED GAY MARRIAGE

The attention of the Office of the President has been drawn to comments made by the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, as reported by the online news outlet, The Pulse, to the effect that same-sex marriage has been approved by President Akufo-Addo.

Speaking at the NDC’s health/unity walk, on Saturday, 28th April 2018, in Kumasi, the NDC General Secretary is reported to have stated that “Nana Addo says men will marry men, and women will marry women.”

This is nothing but a baseless and vile fabrication, by no less a person than the General Secretary of the leading opposition party in Ghana. For the avoidance of doubt, President Akufo-Addo has NEVER stated anywhere that, under his presidency, “men will marry men, and women will marry women”.

Indeed, the President remains focused on delivering on his mandate and improving on the quality of lives of the Ghanaian people. It will NOT be under his Presidency that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana.

We will neither ask for an apology or retraction from the NDC General Secretary, who, obviously, is still stuck in the age of the politics of lies, deceit and propaganda, which was rejected decisively by discerning Ghanaians in the 2016 general elections.

We will rather appeal to Ghanaians to, once again, ignore the falsehoods of the NDC, and urge Mr. Asiedu Nketiah to concentrate his energies on uniting his divided and discredited party.