Cardinal Peter Appiah Turkson has made a significant statement concerning LGBT rights and homosexuality in Ghana. He has urged Parliament not to criminalize homosexuality and has emphasized the importance of helping the Ghanaian people understand the issue better.
In an interview with BBC’s HARDtalk, Cardinal Turkson expressed his belief that being gay should not be considered a crime. However, he also highlighted the need to respect different cultures and their readiness to accept this issue.
This statement has received praise from the “Big 18” and the Human Rights Coalition, who believe that Cardinal Turkson’s stance will prevent Ghana from facing unnecessary economic sanctions.
In a statement released on December 4, 2024, the groups welcomed the Cardinal’s comments and highlighted the Deputy Majority Leader, Honorable Alex Afenyo-Markin’s agreement that sexual minorities should not be criminalized or imprisoned. They also expressed concern over the proposed Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill, stressing that it would not only violate Ghana’s constitution but also potentially expose the country to economic sanctions.
These organizations hope that Cardinal Turkson’s endorsement of their core principle will influence Parliament’s reconsideration of the harmful bill. They believe that such legislation would infringe on constitutional provisions and jeopardize Ghana’s international relations.
Read the attached statement from “Big 18” and the Human Rights Coalition
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