Monday, 30th November 2021
The debate on Anti LGBTQI Bill entered day two on Monday as the committee on constitution and legal affairs of parliament sat at a conference hall in parliament to listen to the public. This was after the committee had engaged some groupings defending the bill while others were against it a fortnight ago.
The Catholic church is one of the promoters of the private member's bill currently before Parliament. The Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference was invited to make a presentation yesterday.
In its presentation the church made its position clear. That is LGBTQI is an act against the teachings of Christ and Ghanaian society.
In answering a related question, Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu said, there was the need to differentiate between the person and the act. He said the fact that one has the tendency to commit adultery does not make one an adulterer. This is why the church does not condemn the gay person but it condemns gayism as an act.
"We all have the tendency to commit adultery but that doesn't make us adulterers. There is a difference between the act and the person. An act in the opinion of the church include publicly identifying oneself as LGBTQI. This is why the Catholic church is in support of this bill. The church believes that with good counseling and proper moral values, the gay or lesbian can be reformed", he told the committee.
The CEO of Ghana Mental Authority, Dr. Akwasi Osei in his presentation refuted the claims that, the tendency of homosexuality is innate. On the contrary, the psychologists stated that over 93% of homosexuals in Ghana learnt the act from others. In his opinion, it was important the act is made illegal because it will protect the youth.
The debate will be continued on a date yet to be scheduled. CitizenOne will be on a stand by to provide updates to followers.
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