There was near pandemonium in Parliament when a group of MPs hinted in the house of their intention to introduce unto the floor for consideration a private members bill which will criminalise Lesbian, Gay
This was after a group of MPs from both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who are united against the legalisation of LGBTQI+ in Ghana raised the issue on the floor of the house calling for the passage of a law banning the practice in Ghana.
Sam George, MP for Ningo Prampram who is a member of the group was the first to read the statement of the group detailing why the act ought to be banned because it is against the laws of the country. His submission was supported by other colleague MPs.
But Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga would not agree with them as according to him, it is against the human rights of the LGBTQI+ members.
Mahama Ayariga said members of the LGBTQ+ per the constitution have the freedom of speech and thus can express their unpopular opinions without facing backlash or consequences.
He added that they also have the right to advocate for a position be it popular or unpopular.
“Now that closure that happened, if indeed the security agencies of this country were involved I believe that there was an infraction of fundamental human right. Stopping them is a clear violation of our own constitution.”
“You may not like what they are seeking to advocate but then what you do is also create a new platform to advocate your contrary opinion. You can’t punish somebody for expressing that view but you can punish them if they practice it,” he said.
This comes after the police together with the landlord on February 24 stormed and locked the LGBTQ office at Ashongman in Accra in the wake of public discourse over their operations.
Pro-gay rights activists in the country argued that the law does not explicitly outlaw the act aside from its criminalisation of unnatural carnal knowledge adding that government must protect their interests as citizens.