The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has declared his stance on the legalisation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQI+) rights in Ghana.
The Speaker addressing the members of the National Coalition for Proper Human Rights and Sexual Values (NCPHRSV) today when they called on him at Parliament said as a staunch Catholic, he is pro-life.
He indicated that as a practicing Catholic, he is pro-life and therefore he is a strong supporter of traditional genders and the natural order of procreation which prescribes sexual activities between a male and a female gender as against other forms.
The Speaker assured group of Parliament’s commitment to provide clear legislation on the matter.
The Group called on him to discuss issues relating to legislation on the activities of LGBTQI+ in Ghana.
The Governing Council Chairman for the Coalition, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyina, indicated that “the fight to legalise the LGBTQI is against the culture and values of Ghana and therefore should not be entertained ”.
Lawyer Moses Foh Amoaning, contributing to the conversation, said gay rights should not be confused with human rights and called on Ghanaians to put the discussions on LGBTQ+ in the proper Ghanaian cultural context, referring also to the fact that Ghana will not be flouting any international law if it decides not to legalize Gay and LGBTQI rights in the country.
He also spoke about the interventions their coalition has put in place to rehabilitate former homosexuals and to provide alternatives to comprehensive sexual education.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo Sam George Nartey, pointed to the lacunae in the current legislation regarding unnatural carnal knowledge which does not necessarily criminalize trans genders, queers, binary etc and said a Private Members’ Bill which will soon be laid before Parliament will make clear provisions on all these and how they should be dealt with legally.
The Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Muntaka, Hon Dela Sowah, Madam Joyce Aryee, Dr. Zakaria, representing the moslem community, were among the key contributors to the discussion