The National Coalition for Proper Human Rights and Sexual Values (NCPHRSV) has called on Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin to discuss issues relating to legislation on the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQI+) group in Ghana.
The Governing Council Chairman for the Coalition, Prof. Opoku Onyina, indicated that “the fight to legalise the LGBTQI is against the culture and values of Ghana and therefore should not be entertained ”.
Lawyer Moses Foh Amoaning, contributing to the conversation, said gay rights should not be confused with human rights and called on Ghanaians to put the discussions on LGBTQ+ in the proper Ghanaian cultural context, referring also to the fact that Ghana will not be flouting any international law if it decides not to legalize Gay and LGBTQI rights in the country. He also spoke about the interventions their coalition has put in place to rehabilitate former homosexuals and to provide alternatives to comprehensive sexual education.
The Member of Parliament for Ningo Sam George Nartey, pointed to the lacunae in the current legislation regarding unnatural carnal knowledge which does not necessarily criminalize trans genders, queers, binary etc and said a Private Members’ Bill which will soon be laid before Parliament will make clear provisions on all these and how they should be dealt with legally.
Speaker Bagbin assured the group of Parliament’s commitment to provide clear legislation on the matter. He indicated that as a practicing Catholic, he is pro life and therefore is a strong supporter of traditional genders and the natural order of procreation which prescribes sexual activities between a male and a female gender as against other forms.
The Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Muntaka, Hon Dela Sowah, Madam Joyce Aryee, Dr. Zakaria, representing the moslem community, were among the key contributors to the discussion.