A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Gabby Otchere Darko has asked former President John Dramani Mahama to state his position on the current anti-gay bill before congress.
He questioned whether the former president John Dramani Mahama is for or against the bill.
“ Is former President and presidential campaigner for the National Democratic Congress John Mahama for or against the Boy George Bill?” the former Administrative Director of the Danquah Institute asked in a tweet on Monday October 11.
Picture of former president and flag bearer of the the opposition party National Democratic Congress.
The Promotion of Proper Mortal Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill was laid in the House on Monday, August 2, 2021 and read for the first time.
Reading for the first time, a clerk in the legislative assembly stated that the Bill proscribes lesbian, gay,bi-sexual, epicene, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) and other akin exercise and propaganda or advocacy and preference for same.
It also came to light that it supports protection for children and persons who normally fall victims or indicted of homosexuality or Lesbianism.
picture of John Dramani Mahama
Lasting Deputy Speaker Andrew Asiamah Amoako related the Bill to the Natural, Legal and Nonmanagerial Committee for consideration.
“ For the first time, it is related to the Committee on Natural, Legal and Nonsupervisory Affairs for consideration and report,” Honourable Asiamah Amoako, who also happens to be the Member of Parliament for Fomena in the Greater Kumasi, directed.
The controversial anti-gay bill which is presently before the house of Parliament has before divided opinion in the Ghanaian public exchange.
While some, particularly the religious and traditional groupings, have supported the Bill and hopeful of its implementation, others say it could embrace the wrath of the foreign community against Ghana in terms of aid as well as foreign investors and exchange.
Private legal expounder, Lawyer Akoto Ampaw, has said that the current debate on homosexuals in Ghana is not about religious beliefs or calculus.
According to him, this is about earth born right issues.
Granting interview on the Crucial Points on TV3 or 3FM on Saturday October 9 with the host Azifa Bampo, Lawyer Akoto Ampaw said “ First of all, I want to make the point clear that this debate is not about religious beliefs.
“ Secondly, this debate is not about arithmetic. It is not lining up how Ghanaian people support gays-30 million, how Ghanaian people are against gay – 2million, that is not the issue.
“ The abecedarian issue has to do with our constitution and rights. That is the abecedarian issue that we have to address critically.”
He also said that “ It's a bit gratifying that just new the Majority leader in Parliament said that the matter won't be bandied on the foundation of religious beliefs. I allow that's a major step forward if that's how congress is going to address this matter. It's an indigenous matter.”
His commentary come after some religious bodies including the Ghana Catholic Bishop in a press Conference have said that they want homosexuality as well as Lesbianism to be illegal in Ghana and its environs.
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