Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George, says the teams which have despatched paperwork to Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs making a case towards the proposed Anti LGBTQ+ invoice can’t override the will of the bulk.
According to him, majority of Ghanaians don’t need to tolerate same-sex relationships or folks with totally different sexual orientations.
This, Mr George stated on The Pulse on JoyNews, is contained in an afrobarometer survey performed by CDD-Ghana of which a few of the members opposing the Anti LGBTQ+ invoice are half.
He said that: “If you go to page seven of that report, social tolerance in Ghana is extremely high. Ghanaians are tolerant of different ethnicities by 92%, different religions by 91%, different political parties by 90%, different immigrant and foreign workers by 74%, but these same Ghanaians are only 7% tolerant of homosexuals. It tells you what the people of Ghana want.”
The Ningo-Prampram MP said that the report additionally revealed that Ghana is fourth on the continent, behind Senegal, Liberia, and Malawi, on the subject of intolerance in direction of folks of various sexual identities and orientations.
“We are not ready to tolerate it, that is who we are, our people say they don’t want it. These personalities do not hold the torch, whatsoever, to the strength of the collective will of the majority of Ghanaians and their personal agendas will not override the desire of the majority of the people,” he advised host of the present.
His remark was in response to the 2 separate paperwork which have been despatched to Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs making a case towards the proposed Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021.
The invoice has been tagged as anti LGBT however its promoters, led by Mr George, say it’s within the curiosity of the nation that an acceptable authorized framework makes advocacy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender rights unlawful.
However, the Human Rights Coalition says the Bill is in direct battle with various constitutionally protected basic freedoms and human rights.
Again, the Coalition argues that the provisions of the Bill are incompatible with various worldwide human rights devices to which Ghana is a State Party.
The different coalition, led by Private Legal Practitioner, Akoto Ampaw, argues that the invoice criminalises dissenting views and expressions opposite to the phrases ‘freedom and justice’ that emblazon the coat of arms.
Thus “the Bill ought, with respect, to be firmly rejected by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and by Parliament as a whole.”
However, Mr George believes that these paperwork don’t have any educational worth, neither do the petitioners perceive the Anti LGBTQ+ invoice put earlier than parliament.
“They say if the bill is passed into law you cannot have this kind of conversation, that is incorrect and uninformed. What the bill criminalises is the advocacy for and promotion of LGBTQ,” he stated.
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