The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has urged Anglican Church members in Ghana to reconsider their attitude on same-sex marriages.

He stated that while the church follows the orthodox teachings of the bible, it is opposed to the persecution of homosexuals and same-sex unions.

Justin Welby, in a statement to the church, said the anti-LGBTQI Bill currently before the Ghanaian Parliament goes against the global church’s beliefs.

Welby, the global leader of the Anglican faith, expressed his thoughts in a statement released on October 26, 2021, when the Ghanaian Parliament reconvened to debate a series of legislation, one of which was dubbed the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.

“… on numerous occasions, the Primates of the Anglican Communion have stated their opposition to the criminalization of same-sex attracted people: most recently, and unanimously, in the communiqué of the 2016 Primates’ Meeting,” Welby said in his statement titled “Archbishop of Canterbury’s statement on Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.”

“I remind our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Church of Ghana of these commitments.”

Adding: “We are a global family of churches, but the mission of the church is the same in every culture and country: to demonstrate, through its actions and words, God’s offer of unconditional love to every human being through Jesus Christ.”

He expressed severe worry about the draft Bill since it contradicted Anglican beliefs, notably Resolution I:10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference and the Primates’ conference of 2016, which he mentioned earlier.

The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021, aims to make lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) acts illegal in Ghana.

The measure puts LGBTQI people’s lives in jeopardy, putting them in a position where they are constantly subjected to state-sanctioned physical and psychological violence.

If parliament passes the measure, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has the option of signing it into law or vetoing it.

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