|Stephane Tchakam, Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA|
Ghana President John Evans Atta Mills attended the Sunyani Central Ebenezer Presbyterian Church last Sunday after winning a landslide victory as the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the 2012 elections. Reverend Joseph Bosoma appealed to President Mills to criminalise homosexuality in Ghana and the Ghana News Agency reports that the President gave an assurance that the "government would institute measures to check the menace of homosexuality and lesbianism."
President John Evans Atta Mills on Sunday gave the assurance that government would institute measures to check the menace of homosexuality and lesbianism that were gradually gaining grounds within the social fabric of the country.
He said those acts were contrary not only to the word of God but also the cultural norms and values of the Ghanaian society.
“The word of God is clear and unambiguous, what is right is right, what is wrong is wrong”, President Mills said.
He said one had no moral basis to justify such negative practices and any other actions offensive to the nation’s customs and conventions...
Rev. Bosoma, the host Pastor, appealed to the President to address a number of concerns that were becoming social canker that could become dangerous to both the present and future generations of the country.
He mentioned among others the engagement of the youth and even some adults in homosexuality and lesbianism, and pleaded to government to come out with stringent laws to make those practices unlawful.
The Pastor warned that if preventive measures were not taken, the situation could result in misfortunes and disasters in the country just as it happened to Sodom and Gomorrah as told in the Bible, because “ these are abomination in the eyes of the Almighty God”...
He said that wherever the Word of God thrived democracy prevailed, and that there could be no” Better Ghana Agenda” without the word of God.
President Mills donated GH¢ 2000.00 as thanksgiving offering to the Church.
On the same day the President visited Sunyani Central Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, a partner institution to the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), the Presbyterian Church (USA), officially removed barriers to the ordination of gay and lesbian persons. It is a declaration by the Presbyterian Church (USA) that LGBTI persons are of sacred worth, are not sinful and are worthy of equality at the highest levels of leadership.