Majority Leader: MPs not against anti-LGBTQI+ bill

The Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has postulated that in principle, no lawmaker is against the anti-LGBTQI+bill which is currently before Parliament.

“In principle, I am not sure any Member of Parliament (MP) will be against the principle of this bill, I am an African, I am a Ghanaian, an Ashanti, Kwabre and I have my own values.

“I have my own upbringing, one that is shaped by my tradition and upbringing, I am a Christian, I was born into the Assemblies of God Church, my faith also impacts on my upbringing but that is not the only issue that shapes my upbringing,” Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu stressed.

Referring to Article 125 of the 1992 Constitution at a press conference in Accra yesterday, he stated that justice emanated from the people and concept of what was right and wrong and did not know of any ethnic group that would applaud LGBTQI+.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who is the MP for Suame in the Ashanti Region, lamented that the controversial anti-gay bill which was currently before the House had already divided opinion in public discourse.

For instance, Akoto Ampaw, a private legal practitioner, had said the way and manner the bill had been designed indicated extremism of mind frame that produced it, was against it and wanted it abandoned.

The Bishops described the practice as an abomination on the basis of scriptures in the Holy Bible and wanted it made illegal in the country because the Bible, which was foundational to Christian beliefs, values and practices, condemned the practice.

Professor Kofi Abotsi, the dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), has cautioned that debates for gay rights or criminalisation in the country was unwinnable because both sides were digging in and positions were becoming irrational and untenable.

Samuel George, the MP for Ningo-Prampram in the Greater Accra Region, noted that those supporting LGBTQI+ were expected to have been held to strict proof since their argument were hollow.

Apostle Eric Nyamekye, the Chairman of the Pentecost Church, had asked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fight LGBTQI+ before he exited office by beginning to take measures to stop the movement that has commenced in the country.

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