Ghanaians remain divided on the anti-gay bill which is set to criminalize LGBTQ+ and also hand prison sentences to people who support the group. Several debates have ensued on the media in the past weeks including the heated debate yesterday on GBC, between Dr. Emerita Takyiwaa, one of the opposers of the bill and Sam Nartey George, a key propounder of the anti-gay bill. However despite the assiduous efforts by the LGBTQ+ advocates and LGBTQ+ community to impede the passing of the bill and conscientize the populace about their idiosyncrasies, majority of Ghanaians including religious leaders like the National chief Imam and the General Secretary for Church of Pentecost, remain unconvinced and have vouched their supports for the passing of the bill.
Dr. Sekou Nkrumah, one of the sons of Ghana's first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah has jumped to the defence of the LGBTQ+ community and believe the bill infringes on their fundamental human rights. In one of his recent post, he has reechoed the need to recognize the rights of the minority group, and by so doing the country would be encouraging freedom of expression. He opined that society should be developed in a way to protect the minorities, be it religious or sexual. Sekou Nkrumah also cited how a queer student in the middle school once reached out to him and report how he was being bullied by his classmates, and how he went about it. Have a look at his post.
Meanwhile Ghana have been cautioned on some likely repercussions the country may face should they remain intransigent and fail to heed the calls to review the bill. Recently, the member of parliament for Tamale North who is also a key propounder of the anti-gay bill, Honorable Alhaji Suhuyini revealed how he has been denied a travel visa a couple of times since the bill was submitted to Parliament. Suhuyini revealed he is still looking into the matter as he suspects his involvement in the anti-gay bill being a reason.
Sam Nartey George has also recieved several threats following his involvment nonetheless the duo as well as the other six lawmakers continue to receive massive support from majority of Ghanaians as they champion the passing of the bill.
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