The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has said LGBTQ rights cannot be human rights in Ghana if they are in the US.
The Bishops in a response to comments made by the Vice President of the United States of America, Kamala Harris on fighting for human rights, including that of the LGBTQ community said it is not in the power of the US to decide what rights should be in a sovereign state like Ghana.
Speaking in an interview with Catholic Trends, President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Matthew Gyamfi said, “That talk of democracy from the Vice President of the United States. If those things (LGBTQ rights) are right in her country, these things are not human rights here.”
“Who told her that these are human rights? When did they consult us? Did they consult us when they were making those things right in their country? So she has absolutely no right to come and tell us what is human right in our country,” Bishop Gyamfi said.
As part of the US Vice President’s visit to Ghana, she discussed human rights issues with President Nana Akufo-Addo, including the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill that could imprison LGBTQ individuals and their advocates.
While Ms. Harris did not directly address the bill, she emphasized the importance of supporting freedom and equality for all people, calling it a human rights issue.
She said “I feel very strongly about the importance of supporting the freedom and supporting the fighting for equality among all people, and that all people be treated equally. I will also say that this is an issue that we consider, and I consider to be a human rights issue, and that will not change.”
Listen to the comments of Bishop Gyamfi below