Members of Parliament in Ghana have indicated their strongest opposition against any legislation that will seek to give acceptance to homosexual activities and same sex marriages in the country.
The country’s legislators were unanimous with their views on the subject when two statements were made to highlight the health hazards as well as moral and spiritual discomfort posed by the act on the society.
They sent a strong signal to the international community and the Lesbianism, Gayism, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) lobbyists to stay away from the country since the practice is alien to the religious, cultural and moral fabric of the Ghanaian society.
The simple message by the MPs was that, the activities of homosexuality and lesbianism are inconsistent with the laws of Ghana, against the cultural norms and moral of the people and are at variance with the spiritual and religious orientations of the Ghanaian society and the African people as a whole.
The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, is on record to have stated his opposition to any legislation that would seek to give legitimacy to LGBT related issues in the and has also served notice to resign as a speaker, should any such bill come before him in parliament to preside over.
The country has gone through the mixed emotions about attempts by the international community to get the nation to make room for LGBT rights in the country where overt and covert means have been employed to coerce the leadership of the nation to succumb to the pressures of gay lobbyist around the world, hence the apprehension of the MPs to anticipate any such move from any quarters.
The MPs recalled when President of the nation, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was forced to state his views on the acceptance of LGBT issues as human rights in Ghana in an interview he granted to Al Jazeera while on one of his official trips abroad.
They also recalled news reports attributed to the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to the effect that she offered to assist countries including Ghana to rid its statutes of colonial laws that hinders respect for the practice of LGBT, in her speech to the Common Wealth Heads of States at an event recently held in the UK.
The maker of the first statement, Dr. Oko Boye, highlighted how activities related to LGBT has been responsible for the upsurge in the HIV AIDS prevalence rate in the country and traced the origin of the disease to those who engage in same sex and also keep partners from the opposite sex.
According to the Medical Doctor who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for the Ledzokuku constituency, men who sleep with men have high risk of developing anal cancer, while lesbians are prone to develop cervical cancer because they have high risk of acquiring the human papilloma virus that cause the above mentioned conditions.
Dr. Oko Boye presented research materials that established a strong negative correlation between homosexuality and health outcomes and therefore warned that, “Any effort at determining the status of homosexuality within the framework of legislation should take serious consideration of the health outcomes that come with particular sexual orientation practice.”
The second statement that emanated from the camp of the Minority NDC group, appealed to the President of the Republic not to allow any form of pressure, from either within or outside to introduce and or sponsor a bill to Parliament for the legalization of any indecent practice that is alien to the value system of Ghanaians.
“We urge H.E. the President to be resolute and reject in whole all enticements, juicy promises and pressures from the West to accept this dehumanizing practice.”
Source: Clement Akoloh/afriwakeradio.com