The Former Electoral Commission (EC) boss, Mrs. Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei has waded into the ongoing debate surrounding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQI) rights in Ghana.
Mrs. Charlotte Osei is known particularly for being the first woman to serve in the electoral commission of Ghana as a Chairperson since the country acquired independence.
According to her, the approach has become more exclusionary rather than inclusive.
Though I may not like the whole brouhaha surrounding homosexuality, the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana must also teach me to be more tolerant with people with different beliefs, she said.
Therefore, it is advisable for all the churches in this country to reach out to the LGBT+ community, encourage them to come and worship together as doing that does not mean that “you are endorsing the illegality.
“I am much concerned about how we are treating this gay-lesbian issue. I would have loved to see churches reaching out to the LGBT+ community, telling them to come and worship together, rather than to treat them as enemies.
Mrs. Osei said this today Wednesday 18th August 2021 in an interview with Joy FM Super Morning Show.
According to her, whenever you make people feel like they are not important but less than citizens, there are extremist groups out there who engage with them and make them feel important.
Her comment follows incessant calls on the government to state its position on homosexuality after the opening of an LGBTQI Rights Office in Ghana.
This has generated controversy with many claiming the group had the blessing of the government to operate in Ghana.