UK church leaders criticise Ghanaian bishops over support of anti-LGBTQ+ law

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Church leaders successful the UK person powerfully criticised Ghanaian bishops implicit their enactment for a draconian anti-LGBTQ+ law.

Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and person of the planetary Anglican church, Stephen Cottrell, the archbishop of York and different Church of England bishops tweeted their concerns connected Tuesday successful what appeared to beryllium a coordinated effort to enactment unit connected their Ghanaian colleagues.

A draft instrumentality submitted to Ghana’s parliament earlier this twelvemonth would marque it a transgression to beryllium gay, bisexual oregon transgender, oregon to advocator for LGBTQ+ rights, punishable by up to 10 years successful jail. It has been condemned by quality rights activists.

In a statement posted connected societal media, Welby said helium was “gravely concerned” and would talk to the archbishop of Ghana successful the coming days to sermon the effect of the Anglican religion successful the country.

I americium gravely acrophobic by the draught anti-LGBTQ+ Bill owed to beryllium debated by the Ghanaian parliament. I volition beryllium speaking with the Archbishop of Ghana successful the coming days to sermon the Anglican Church of Ghana’s effect to the Bill.

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— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) October 26, 2021

Stephen Cottrell, the archbishop of York, tweeted the projected instrumentality was “shocking and unacceptable”. Sarah Mullally, bishop of London and No 3 successful the C of E hierarchy, said the projected authorities “must beryllium resisted”. The bishops of Liverpool, Worcester, Southwark and Norwich besides voiced concerns.

The diocese of Portsmouth issued a connection saying it was dismayed by the enactment for the measure from Anglican bishops. “We judge this [bill] to beryllium a cardinal usurpation of people’s quality rights, which we judge volition pb to state-sponsored unit that volition endanger the lives of those successful the LGBT+ assemblage and their friends,” it said.

A connection backing the bill, signed by the archbishop Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith, said the Ghanaian church’s enactment was “borne retired of the content that the signifier is unbiblical and ungodly. We spot LGBT+ arsenic unrighteousness successful the show of God and truthful volition bash thing wrong our powers and mandate to guarantee that the measure comes into fruition …

“Leviticus 20:13 intelligibly declares that a antheral lying with a chap antheral is an abomination and punishable by death.”

It added: “The religion does not condemn persons of homosexuality tendencies but perfectly condemn the sinful acts and activities they perform.”

Gay enactment is already punishable with up to 3 years successful jailhouse successful Ghana, and homophobic persecution is widespread.

The instauration of the measure followed a question of repression against LGBTQ+ people. In February, a assemblage abstraction offering enactment for intersexual minorities was forced to close and determination has been a emergence successful arrests and maltreatment against radical perceived to beryllium LGBTQ+.

The planetary Anglican religion has agelong been bitterly divided implicit sexuality and identity. Churches successful immoderate countries person endorsed same-sex matrimony and advocator inclusivity and equality, whereas others enactment criminalisation.