RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF HOMOSEXUALS – MOST REV. PHILIP N …
The President of the Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference, Most Reverend Philip Naameh has urged Ghanaians to respect the rights and choices of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Life (LGBTQI+) persons in the society as they deserve an equal protection like any other human being.
Speaking on Kumasi-based Abusua FM, Bishop Naameh explained that although the Catholic Bishop Conference frowns on the sexual orientation choices of LGBTQI+ persons in Ghana, that however shouldn’t be the basis that persons engaged in such activities should be denied basic rights like accommodation and job opportunities.
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“Lesbians and gays are humans so we need to respect them. We need to accord them those rights that all human beings enjoy. They should not be denied employment just because they are homosexuals… They should not be denied accommodation…” he said.
When asked by the host, Kojo Marfo further to clarify his position since an earlier communiqué from his office requested of President Akufo-Addo to openly condemn the activities of LGBTQI in Ghana, Bishop Naameh stated that “The basis for refusing them employment should not be because they are homosexuals. Someone may have an orientation to be gay and another an orientation to be a lesbian but if he’s not acting out this orientation, first of all, he is a human being and has the right to accommodation, to work and to communion with other people and those are rights we should respect.
“We just don’t say that because he has homosexual tendencies, whereas all human beings have a right to something, he should be denied it.”
The Ghana Catholic Bishop’s Conference (GCBC) earlier in a press statement demanded of the government to shut down the recently commissioned office of LGBTQI in the country.
They issued the release after the European Union (EU) in Ghana participated in the opening of office space for LGBTQI+ Rights Ghana and called for equality, tolerance, and respect for the group.