Speaker of Parliament, Rtd. Hon Alban S.K. Bagbin, has issued a terse warning to activists and promoters of LGBTQI+ that Ghana’s legislature and indeed the entire state will not be cowered into accepting this abomination.
According to him, LGBTQI+ is a worse pandemic than COVID 19 and expressed gratitude that the entire Ghanaian populace is united in its common stand against this human aberration.
Ghana, and Members of Parliament working on a Private Members Bill against such activities, he said, will not threaten anyone but stressed they will also not be threatened.
He assured that Parliament will soon pass a law that will make a definite statement of Ghana’s position on homosexuality.
Mr. ASK Bagbin issued the warning on Tuesday 29th June 2021 at the Speaker’s Prayer Breakfast Meeting where a Private Member’s Draft Bill was presented to him by the Coalition of MPs and religious organizations against LGBTQI+.
He said, “It must be stated loud and clear to those who have come to do business in Ghana; those who say they represent their countries and think they are right. We’re also representing our country and they will never tell us how to live our lives.”
He disclosed how a gay activist on social media described him as a funny person and stressed he will continue to be funny to make sure the right things are done.
“I am pro-life and I will continue to be funny to make sure that lives are saved in the world. I will continue to be funny to ensure this world created by God as a Garden of Eden for us to enjoy will continue to be.”
“We will not threaten any person but we shall also not be threatened. And I made this clear in 2003 at a European Union, African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliament in Brazil that if our brothers and sisters who have decided to destroy the world continue this way; that was going to be the end of that Parliament. That was in 2003 and now, we’re in 2021,” he stressed.
He assured that the Draft Bill is in accordance with all the provisions of the Constitution, Ghana’s laws and the country’s international obligation.
The Bill, he said, will be presented to Parliament officially and will be referred to the appropriate committee for deliberations and dialogues to go on.
“The Committee will present a report and we will take it through all stages of processing and In Shaa Allah it will be passed this year,” he stated.
MP for Ningo Prapampram, Sam Nartey George in a short remark before the presentation indicated that the Bill seeks to criminalize not just gay activities but also promotion and advocacy of homosexuality in all its forms.
“So it will become criminal upon the successful passage of this Bill into law for anybody to produce any promotional material or for any TV station to show content that supports homosexuality and for anybody to provide funding for LGBTQI+ activities and those engaged in the activities,” he said.
He observed that homosexuality is not a human right but a lifestyle choice and stressed that sexual orientation choices cannot be deemed to be a human right.
In attendance at the meeting were various clergies representing the Christian faith, representatives from the Office of the National Chief Imam, Coalition of Muslim Organizations, and traditional leaders to make their position clear.