In Ghana, a highly religious country that claims to be exemplary in Africa in its respect for human rights, a handful of opposition MPs are putting the president in a difficult position by promoting a law restricting the rights of sexual minorities.
Same-sex relationships are banned in the West African nation, but no one has ever been prosecuted under this colonial-era law.
However, LGBT+ people are widely discriminated against in Ghana. In early August, a bill was introduced in parliament to further restrict the rights of LGBT+ people.
It includes criminalizing the defense of LGBT+ rights, a duty to report “suspects”, the promotion of conversion therapy and the imposition of harsher prison sentences for homosexuality.
If the bill is passed by parliament, President Nana Akufo-Addo could either sign it into law or veto it.
The international community and rights activists have widely condemned the bill, which was submitted to parliament by seven opposition MPs spearhead by Sam George, MP for Ningo-Prampram constituency, and one member of the presidential party.
But analysts and diplomats say it will be difficult for the president to oppose the bill, given its popularity in Ghana.
About 90% of Ghanaians say they support a law criminalizing same-sex relationships, according to a 2014 poll by research group Afrobarometer.
Reacting to Ghana’s anti-gay bill that Prophet Peter Aklah, the founder and leader of Kumasi-based Animouyam Global Chapel, has said that ancestors of Parliamentarians who oppose the anti-gay bill will be very disappointed.
According to the man of God, LGBT+ is an abomination in the sight of God as well as all the major religious bodies and by no means should it be legalized in the country.