The brouhaha surrounding the recent movement of 15 scholars who have sent a memorandum to Ghana’s parliament to quash the anti-LGBTQ Bill is fast gaining momentum and attracting heated debates across the country. What makes it so interesting is the 15 groups of scholars comprising professors, lawyers, doctors, and other scholars who are fronting this movement stressing in the memorandum that the Anti-Gay Bill is a breach of the fundamental human rights of Ghanaians.
In this article, I will throw more light on why Ghana’s parliament will still go ahead and pass the Anti-Gay Bill despite the pressure being mounted and the various debates and arguments surrounding the issue.
Strong Influence of Christianity and the Ghana Pentecostal Council (GPCCC)
Ghana is a Christian country because Christians form the majority out of the 30.8 million people. The quest by the group of 15 scholars seeking parliament to quash the Anti-Gay Bill with a long memorandum will not stand due to the strong influence of Christianity in Ghana. Yesterday, Aps. Eric Kwabena Nyamekye led a team of the clergy to match to Ghana's parliament to present a 15,000+ signed petition to Ghana to close doors on all lesbians and gay marriage and signed the anti-gay bill.
The Ghanaian Culture And Morality Sees LGBTQ As Sacrilegious
Lesbian - Gay marriage is seen in Ghana as a taboo, a sacrilegious and hideous activity that must be banned and culprits punished in order to purge society of the curses such activities will bring on the land. Though many people hide behind civilization and modernity, the practice is seriously condemned and sometimes, culprits could be lynched.
Earlier Public Declaration of Disapproval By Former Presidents of Ghana
When the LGBTQ movement started gaining ground in Europe and influencing many governments to pass a bill for gay and lesbian marriages to be accepted, the former presidents of Ghana, the late Prof. Evans Attah Mills and John Dramani Mahama showed their strong disapproval for the bill. The current president, H.E Nana Akuffo Addo had already declared his intentions about 3 years ago that lesbians and gays marriage will never be endorsed under his watch under his watch as president of Ghana.
Ghanaians Will Never Forgive Government And Vote The NPP Out of Power
The aggrieved citizens of Ghana that are not contempt with the leadership of the ruling New Patriotic Party under the leadership of H.E Nana Akuffo Addo will vent their spleen on the government and kick NPP out of power during the next general elections.
Can the UN and other international organizations influence Ghana’s decision?
Currently, 23 African countries have endorsed gay and lesbian marriages. 2 years ago, some European countries threatened to cut their aids to Ghana and other African countries that will not endorse gay and lesbian marriage. While many human rights institutions have condemned Ghana’s stand, the nation Ghana should remain focused and push her own agenda.
The Anti-Gay Bill brouhaha may continue and individuals, groups, and international organizations can also continue to mount pressure on the government and Ghana’s parliament but one thing is assured. They will not succeed and the bill will be passed to criminalize gay and lesbian marriage.
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