Archbishop of Canterbury criticises Ghana anti-LGBT bill

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is “gravely concerned” by a proposed law in Ghana, which would impose harsh penalties on the LGBT community.

The bill is supported by the Anglican Church of Ghana, despite a previous agreement by all Anglican churches not to support discriminatory legislation.

Rights groups say the bill is the “worst homophobic document ever”.

Gay sex is already punishable in the West African nation with a prison term of three years.

The bill seeks to increase jail terms to up to a decade and force some to undergo “conversion therapy”, where attempts are made to change people’s sexuality.

It also make cross-dressing and public displays of same-sex affection punishable by fines or detention, and makes the distribution of material deemed pro-LGBT by news organisations or websites illegal.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the symbolic head of Anglicans worldwide, said he would raise his concerns with the Anglican Archbishop of Ghana in the coming days. 

“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 added. 

The Anglican Church in Ghana has not yet responded to his statement, but it has previously said that it “does not condemn persons of homosexuality tendencies but absolutely condemns the sinful acts and activities they perform”.

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