Monday, 15 April

The argument to legalise LGBTQ was a non-starter – Speaker Bagbin

General News
Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin

“Frankly, the argument to legalize LGBT was a non-starter in the first place,” Speaker of Parliament Alban S. K. Bagbin has said following the passage of the anti-gay bill by parliament on Wednesday, 28 February 2024.

According to the Speaker, “Africans have lost too much of our values to slave trade and colonialism already.”

In his view, this generation has a divine mandate to preserve the remnants of Africa’s cultures and work toward restoring the lost portions.

The speaker in a Facebook post, thanked the Members of Parliament of Ghana for upholding the wishes of Ghanaians to protect the sanity of marriage and family values.

Speaker Bagbin assured that Parliament will ensure president Nana Akufo-Addo will assent to the bill and bring closure to the matter.

The bill criminalises LGBTQI+ activities and prohibits their promotion, advocacy, and funding.

Under the bill, individuals engaged in such activities face a jail term ranging from six months to three years, while promoters and sponsors could be sentenced to three to five years.

Meanwhile, the United States and UNAIDS have cautioned the Ghana’s stands to suffer in its development efforts if the bill is passed into law.

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Source: Mensah