Anti LGBTQ Bill: Our Position Has Nothing To Do With Our Personal Preference For Homosexuality – Akoto Ampaw
A private lawyer and member of the Coalition of Lawyers, Academics and Other Professionals, said the Coalition’s appeal to Parliament to reject the Ghanaian Family Values and Appropriate Human Sexual Rights Promotion Bill, 2021, no. has nothing to do with members’ personal preference for the same. sexual activities.
Mr. Akoto Ampaw made this known during an interview with Evans Mensah on JoyNews‘PM Express.
According to him, the mandate of the coalition is to ensure that the rights of every citizen, whether homosexual or not, are protected, hence the recent initiative.
“Our position as a group is that every person who is a human being is entitled to certain basic rights and that what the bill does launches an attack on the rights of a particular group in our society.
“Our position has nothing to do with our personal preference or not for homosexual activities. Our position is a position of principle that we take to defend the rights of every person in Ghana and subject to the public interest, ”he said on Tuesday.
He further stated that the decision of two consenting adults in their sex life is of no concern to society and its people.
“We say that if two consenting adults have this relationship, it is not a social matter, even though I, Akoto Ampaw, may not like it.”
The Coalition of Lawyers, Academics and Other Professionals as well as the Human Rights Coalition have submitted two different memoranda calling for Parliament to reject the anti-LGBTQ bill.
The Human Rights Coalition petition signed by the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, Dr Kojo Pumpuni Asante, on behalf of 9 groups including the African Center for International Law and Accountability and the Alliance for equality and diversity, said the said bill. is in direct conflict with a number of fundamental freedoms and human rights protected by the Constitution.
In addition, the Coalition argues that the provisions of the bill are inconsistent with a number of international human rights instruments to which Ghana is a state party.
“It is the considered position of the Human Rights Coalition that the Ghanaian Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Promotion Bill 2021 is hopelessly flawed, unconstitutional and unnecessary. It does not address any relevant cultural, socio-economic or political challenges facing the country, as private members’ bills were meant to address, ”he concluded.
The calling coalition of lawyers, academics and other professionals said the bill should be rejected by the Special Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and by Parliament as a whole because it criminalizes dissenting opinions and expressions contrary to the words “freedom and justice” “which bear our coat of arms”.
But in response, Ningo Prampam MP Sam Nartey George, who is among eight lawmakers who officially introduced the bill to the House, said the majority of Ghanaians do not want to tolerate same-sex relationships or people with different sexual orientations.
“We’re not ready to tolerate it, that’s what we are, our people say they don’t want it. These personalities do not in any way hold the torch to the strength of the collective will of the majority of Ghanaians and their personal agendas will not override the desire of the majority of the population, ”he told Ayisha Ibrahim. on The Pulse.