CHURCH LEADERS in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis in the Western Region have made it clear that they will not support any government that seems to portray any lackadaisical attitude towards the banning of same-sex practice in the country.

They have therefore called on the ruling government to make its stance clear on the growing menace of homosexuality in the country or risk losing the support of many Christians in the next general elections and subsequent ones.

The clergymen stressed that Christians in the metropolis were poised to make homosexuality an election issue and that the pastors would also encourage their church members not to vote for any government that seemed to be tight-lipped on the issue of homosexuality which they said was an abominable act in the sight of God.

These came to light when thousands of Christians from different churches within the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis and beyond hit the streets of the oil-city in a peaceful demonstration against growing homosexuality in the metropolis last Saturday.

The demonstration, which was the first ever largest anti-homosexuality protest by Christians in the twin-city of Sekondi-Takoradi, was organized by the Network of the Ministers of the Gospel in the oil-city, with support from other religious groups and concerned citizens.

The demonstration lasted for about three hours.

The over thousand protesters defied a downpour to register their displeasure as they went through the principal streets of the metropolis wielding placards amidst brass-band music.

Some of the placards read ‘God Save Our Country’, ‘Homosexuality Is Not Our Tradition’, ‘Remember Sodom And Gomorrah’, ‘Don’t Do It’, ‘It Is Wrong’ and ‘Pampers Are For Babies And Not Adults’.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE in separate interviews, some of the demonstrators noted that they were worried that Takoradi was gradually becoming a hub for gays and lesbians, hence their decision to take part in the peaceful demonstration to resist the “ungodly act”.

Rev Felicia Opoku of the Takoradi Central branch of Christian Faith Church remarked that Ghana could suffer more than the experience of Sodom and Gomorrah, should the government and the people embrace the practice of homosexuality in the country.

She vehemently spoken against the practice and called on Government to nip it in the bud before it worsened.

The demonstrators finally converged on the Railway Park in Sekondi where ministers of the gospel and their supporters presented a petition to President John Mills through the Western Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo.

Bishop Emmanuel Botwey, Coordinator of the Ministers’ Network, who presented the petition on behalf of the clergymen among other things, called on the government to make its stance clear on homosexuality.

He also appealed to traditional rulers who are custodians of the land to also join in the crusade against homosexuality.

Receiving the petition on behalf of the President, the Western Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo, assured the demonstrators that steps would be taken to address their concerns.

He commended the church for contributing to the ethical values of the Ghanaian society by speaking against all immoral acts in society including homosexuality.

He however called on Christians to endeavour to provide any information they might have on people suspected to be practising homosexuality in the society to the security agencies since the country’s criminal code was against same-sex practice.

He indicated that the Regional Coordinating Council, in collaboration with the Regional Security Council, had started visiting some spots within the metropolis believed to be habouring homosexuals, to clamp down on their activities.