Our position remains unchanged – Oko Vanderpuije
Ablekuma South Constituency MP Alfred Oko Vanderpuije reiterated the parliament’s position against the legalization of LGBTQ + in Ghana.
He indicated that Ghanaian culture has always abhorred same-sex marriage regardless of region and tribe and that will never change.
“From time immemorial, marriage has always been between men and women and nothing else. If anyone wants to change that, then Ghana as a country will not accept it. We will go to parliament and do what we have to do to maintain our position from time immemorial, ”he told Don Kwabena Prah on Happy98.9FM’s political talk show Epa Hoa Daben.
He reiterated that marriage has always been between men and women and anything that goes wrong will not be accepted by Ghanaians. “We will not establish laws to support and promote LGBTQ + people in our country. It is against our culture and our standards as Ghanaians. If the Americans and Europe want to accept it, it is their own piece of the cake, but we will never accept it in Ghana. “
In early August, a bill was tabled in parliament to further restrict the rights of LGBT + people.
This includes the criminalization of defending LGBT + rights, the obligation to report “suspects”, the promotion of conversion therapy and the imposition of harsher prison sentences for homosexuality.
Fifteen renowned professionals from the law, academia and civil society, however, completed a memorandum challenging the anti-gay legislation submitted to Parliament.
In the memorandum, they argue that the 2021 Promoting Appropriate Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, which seeks to criminalize LGBTQ + and adjacent activities, is an “unacceptable invasion of the inviolability of human dignity. human ”.
Pushing anti-LGBTQ + people would call into question Ghana’s constitution and democracy, they also argued in the 18-page document.
The Pentecostal Church reacting to this has also sent a strong warning to the government regarding legislation against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and homosexuals and their related (LGBTQ +) activities in Ghana.
The Church’s national president, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, said his group will vote against any political party that opposes the passage of the bill on the promotion of human sexual rights and Ghanaian family values.