The Acting President of the Efutuakwa Traditional Area, Nana Afransie, has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to ensure that the anti-LGBTQI+ Bill is passed by Parliament.
She maintains that the culture and traditions of Ghanaians frown upon activities of LGBTQI.
Nana Afransie expressed the sentiment when President Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on her at Assin Fosu as part of his tour of the Central Region on Monday, October 18, 2021.
According to her, all the chiefs in the region are against LGBTQ+ activities.
“God created man and woman, but some people want to change this, which is not acceptable by our culture. We urge you to ensure the passage of the anti-LGBTQI+ Bill because all chiefs in this region are against it. So do well to ensure the bill is passed.”
Parliament is currently receiving memoranda on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 ahead of the house’s resumption later in October.
While data indicates that most Ghanaians are in favour of the Bill, it has faced criticism from renowned activists and academics.
The Bill prescribes that people of the same sex who engage in sexual activity could spend up to 10 years in jail.
Varying forms of support for the LGBTQ+ community will also be criminalized if the bill is passed into law.
It has, however, generated some widespread conversation, with many expressing varied views about some clauses in the document.
Many individuals and institutions have filed memoranda in support of the bill and to help fine-tune it.
A number of renowned legal, academic and civil society professionals have also filed documents challenging the legislation.
In the memorandum, they contend that the Bill is an “impermissible invasion of the inviolability of human dignity.”
They further argued that pushing through the Bill will be to challenge Ghana’s constitution and democracy.