Archbishop Charles Palmer Buckle has sparked a huge controversy by shockingly veering off from the Christian and Ghanaian ethos of zero tolerance for homosexuality by saying their rights have to defended in the country.
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra is backing President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo's suggestion that legalizing homosexuality is looming, a statement which drew widespread condemnation in the country.
According the the Christian pastor, Homosexuals, just like the murderer and the heterosexual are children of God and their rights have to be defended.
His statements comes months after public debate over comments made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on legalizing homosexuality in the country.
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, who has made public his opinion on the matter for the first time since the controversial issue erupted says the President only answered accordingly.
Archbishop Palmer Buckle emphasized that the Constitution of the country considers Homosexuality illegal therefore there is no argument about it when it comes to the stance of the country to the act.
Speaking in an Interview, Palmer-Buckle said “The President is not God, he cannot say that Ghana will never accept it. He said culturally, it is not an issue that Ghanaians will accept,”
He further stated that the Catholic Church believes that homosexuals are also children of God “just like the murderer and heterosexual” and therefore their rights have to be defended.
“I don’t think people listened very carefully to the President before they jumped to a conclusion,” he said.
According to the Archbishop, the president’s response to the legalization of gay in Ghana was apt as the president only emphasized Ghana’s cultural stance.
President Akufo-Addo speaking on Aljazeera’s Talk to Al Jazeera hosted by Jane Dutton said until there is a strong call by the society for this to be done, there is no way the laws will be changed.
“This is a social, cultural issue, I don’t believe that in Ghana so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say ‘change it, let’s now have a new paradigm in Ghana.’
“At the moment, I don’t feel, I don’t see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that is saying this is something we need to deal with. It is not so far a matter that is on the agenda,” he added.
The issue continues to sparked several debate in the coutry with major stakeholders calling on the President to state the stance of the country on the issue.