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We will protect the moral fibre of the Ghanaian society - Haruna Iddrisu assures

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary caucus has publicly declared its position on the anti-lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) bill, saying, they will be voting ‘yes’ for the bill.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, told journalists, that when it comes up before the House, they would be asking for “clause by clause voting”.

The passage of the “Promotion of Proper Human Sexuality and the Ghanaian Family Values Bill” would criminalize any advocacy or LGBTQI+ practice in the country.

Mr. Iddrisu said as elected representatives of the people, the owed it a duty - responsibility to protect the moral fibre of the Ghanaian society and cultural values that had kept the people together over the years.

The debate over whether to criminalize or not criminalize LGBTQI+ practice has generated a lot of heat, with some Christian leaders, threatening to influence members of their congregation to vote down politicians, who would stand in the way of the bill.

They see same-sex marriage as evil and are eager – want parliament to move quickly to criminalize LGBTQI+ practice or advocacy. Not everybody, however, shares that position.

A group of top Ghanaian lawyers, respected scholars and professionals, hold an entirely different position.

They are pushing to get the anti-LGBTQI+ bill shot down. They argue that the bill is backward and a rights violation – violation of the fundamental human rights of the LGBTQI+ community.

Mr. Akoto Ampaw, a well-respected senior lawyer in the West African country, and one of the people at the forefront of the campaign to persuade parliament to throw out the bill, says they are not in support of same sex-marriage, as some people would want others to believe.

Far from that, what they do want to see is the protection of the fundamental human rights of everybody.

He says, the fact that majority of Ghanaians are against same-sex marriage - LGBTQI+ practice, is not a justification to criminalize the minority.

Such is the political sensitivity surrounding the matter that the diplomatic community, is being drawn in.

Accusations are already flying that some MPs leading the anti-LGBTQI+ campaign are being targeted - denied travel visas by some of the Diplomats to their countries.

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