Nana Oko Agyemang Boakye II, the Chief of Terchire in the Tano North Municipality, has vowed to banish persons caught engaging in same-sex marriage in his community, saying that act is not only barbaric, unnatural and alien but also contrary to traditional norms.
Nana said going strictly by the traditional values and teachings, regarding the non-negotiable prohibition of same-sex, the Terchire community in Ghana remained resolutely opposed to any attempt to legalise homosexuality as a way of life and asked the government to criminalise the practice.
Nana Oko Agyemang Boakye II, noted this when the Catholic Bishop for the Goaso diocese Most Rev, Peter kwaku Atuahene paid a courtesy call on him at his palace on Sunday to familiarise with him.
Nana speaking before his subjects said homosexual acts had negative attribution associated with it, which formed the basis for prohibitions of indecency, unprecedented abomination, unnatural lust for same-sex and a route to wasteful and distractive life.
Nana explained that, his community has declared its support to the bill seeking to criminalise the act. We're stating unequivocally that we support the bill and prays that it will see the light of day. Let us protect the good family system that we have inherited from our ancestors, he added.
He averred that, as traditional leaders and custodians of the lands, they will never support such practices adding that, they will resist strongly, any attempts to impose any culture that seems to undermine the tradition of the Ghanaian.
He has urged the government not to bow to any external pressure in the name of bilateral relationship to approve such practices, noting that, any politician who supports the act will be punished by the electorates in any election.
Most Rev Peter kwaku Atuahene, the Catholic Bishop for the Goaso Diocese in his remarks said the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) has already issued a communique to the government not to succumb to pressures to legitimize the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQI) rights in Ghana and therefore urged the traditional authorities to throw their weight against the act.
Source: Kwabena Manu/Peace fm/Bono East correspondent.
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