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Democracy is about the tyranny of the majority - Lawyer advises

A Kumasi-based lawyer, William Kusi, has parried the pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) argument about fundamental rights protection, insisting that democracy is about the tyranny of the majority.

He has therefore called for the people to ratchet up pressure on those they have elected to represent them in parliament to pass the anti-LGTBQI+ bill – “promotion of proper human sexual rights and the Ghanaian family values bill”, currently before the legislative assembly.

The bill if passed into law by the Members of Parliament (MPs) would criminalize all LGBTQI+ advocacy and activities in the West African country.

Mr. Kusi said the right to the freedom of sexual relationship should be measured per the beliefs and traditions of any society. He added that LGBTQI+ was alien and abomination to the Ghanaian society.

A business executive, Nana Adu Pako, however, sharply discounts the lawyer’s claim, saying, “gays and lesbians have always been here in our society”.

The hypocrisy should stop. Humans everywhere, behave in the same way – mention any crime and they are everywhere. He said the country should be bold to accept the reality of the times.

He asked, which people do we refer to as the ‘suupi’ in the education institutions and since when has the practice existed?

The debate about whether to criminalize the LGBTQI+ community and their activities or not is generating a lot of heat, with some Christian leaders resorting to political blackmail, threatening to influence members of their congregation to vote down politicians, who opposed the anti-LGBTQI+ bill.

A couple of MPs have come out to complain that they have been denied travel visas to some Western countries by their embassies in Accra, because of their anti-LGBTQI+ stance.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs have publicly declared that they would be voting yes, when the “promotion of proper human sexual rights and Ghanaian family values bill” comes up.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, says they would insist that there is “clause by clause” voting on the bill.

A group of top Ghanaian lawyers, respected lawyers and professionals are pushing to get the bill shot down by parliament terming it backward and a violation of fundamental human rights.

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