-Sam George is pushing for the outright criminalisation of homosexuality in the country
-The Ningo Prampram lawmaker says the private members’ bill he is pushing for will make Ghana stand against the phenomenon water-tight
- There have been ongoing discussions on the legalisation of same-sex marriages (LGBT rights) in Ghana in recent times
A private members’ bill being spearheaded by the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nettey George, will criminalise the practice and advocacy for homosexuality in Ghana, YEN.com.gh can report.
The private members’ bill will augment existing provisions in section 104 of the criminal offenses act.
“We want to criminalize Homosexuality in all of its forms. We are going to take the gamut...deal with it, criminalize both the act and the advocacy of it, and make it unattractive for anybody,” the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) lawmaker stated on GHONE TV on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
He said the passage of the private members’ bill will ensure that Ghana has the “most water-tight” legislation against homosexuality worldwide.
“The bill will also look at protecting what the institution of marriage is,” he added.
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stated in what could be described as his strongest position yet on the matter that same-sex marriages will not be legalised under his tenure.
Ghanaians had been engaged in an ongoing discussion on the legalisation of same-sex marriages (LGBT rights) in Ghana.
The debate had been triggered after the activities of an LGBTQIA group operating in the country became public knowledge.
The group recently opened an office at Ashongman Estate in the Dome-Kwabenya constituency which it described as a haven for members.
After news of the office's opening came up, many Ghanaians called on the government to shut it down citing that the laws of the land prohibit such activities.
Speaking at the induction of an Anglican Archbishop in Mampong in the Ashanti Region on Saturday, February 27, 2021, Akufo-Addo indicated he was not even considering the legalisation of same-sex marriages.
Akufo-Addo further assured, to the excitement of many at the ceremony, it will not be under his presidency that same-marriages will be legalised.
“I have said it before, and let me stress it again, that it will not be under the presidency of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo that same-sex marriage will be legal,” he said to much applause from the crowd.
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