Ghana is not a place for homosexuals – Sam George strongly argues for the passing of the Anti-LGBTQ Bill in Ghana on CNN [Video]

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Ningo-Prampram MP Sam George defended his strong stance on the criminalization of LGBTQ in Ghana when he was hosted on CNN in a video interview.

The Cable News Network (CNN) had called the legislator to understand his point of view on the Anti-LGBTQ Bill which the Parliament of Ghana is looking forward to debating on and possibly getting it passed.

While the conversation about LGBTQ has become very critical and yet volatile especially for people like Sam George who strongly pushes for it to be criminalized in Ghana, the MP had to explain the reasoning behind his decision and the collective decision of some MPs to get the Bill passed.

Arguments have been made for and against the passing of the Anti-LGBTQ Bill with many citing human rights abuse and infringement on the liberties of citizens who are entitled to choose their sexual preferences without any hindrances or whatsoever.

During the interview with CNN, Sam George maintained that LGBTQ is alien to the Ghanaian culture and will never be allowed to fester in the country. He maintained that although the counter-arguments on human rights and related issues are valid, the MPs of Ghana’s Parliament will ensure that the Anti-LGBTQ Bill is passed.

Hard as the interviewer tried to convince Sam George or better still appeal to his conscience on the merits and demerits of the passing of the Anti-LGBTQ Bill and what it will mean to people who practise it across the world, he stood his grounds by engaging in an intellectual argument about the concerted decision of almost the entire populace to see to the banning of LGBTQ in Ghana.

Already, a survey conducted recently revealed that about 93 per cent of Ghanaians agree that LGBTQ should not be legalized in Ghana. These people believe LGBTQ needs to be criminalized and have thrown their weights behind Sam George and other like-minded legislators pushing for the passing of the anti-LGBTQ Bill.

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Ghanaians who support the banning of LGBTQI+ are ‘clueless’ – Akoto Ampaw fires

According to Akoto Ampaw, a private legal practitioner, most Ghanaians who support the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill are unaware of the full text of the document that has been laid before parliament.

He explained that the majority of Ghanaians support the bill solely because they oppose homosexuality and same-sex activities.

He went on to say that supporters of the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill who read the documents were taken aback.

In an interview with Joy News, he said;

“One of the things about this bill is that most Ghanaians do not like homosexuality so all they hear is that there is a move to ban homosexuality and on that basis, they say ‘We support it’. In fact, many among them, even the educated class, have not read the bill. All they know is that this bill is to prevent homosexual activity. 

But the actual provisions of the bill, very few people have read it,”

“If you are a mother and you have a son who is a homosexual, you may not be happy about it but I can tell you apart from really crazy mothers, they’d just have to live with that situation. Now, this law puts a duty on that mother to report her son to the police. This is the duty under this law.

“Is this not extremist? What social good does it promote for a mother to go and report her son because of who he is? How do you justify that?” he quizzed.

Concerning the protection of people who identify as LGBTQ+, Akoto Ampaw stated that the bill’s assurance will only arouse public sentiment and public hatred for homosexuals.

“The provisions which talk about providing protection and so on are hypocritical. Even our police will not be interested in that portion of the law. If the law says homosexuals are to be dealt with like the bill proposes and people beat them, I tell you…”

“If you go and report to the police that you are a homosexual and you have been beaten, they will just look at you and say ‘go away. That scheme of the whole bill is meaningless”, Akoto Ampaw added.

 

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