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Parliament Kicks Against Same-Sex Marriage

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The Parliament of Ghana has unanimously sent a strong signal to the world that Ghanaians would never accept the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botwey, in reaction to a joint statement by the Honorable Members of Parliament for Ho West, Emmanuel Kwesi Bedzra, and the Member for Krachi West, Helen Adzo Ntoso, indicated that Parliament, as representatives of the people is also the conscience of the nation, and therefore has a take on the same sex marriage discourse.

She indicated that the President had already made his stance on the matter clear, and expressed surprise at media reports about the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, putting pressure on President Akufo-Addo to accept gay practice in the country.

The two law-makers opined that the President’s response in an interview on Al Jazeera, and a purported speech by Theresa May to the Commonwealth Heads of State had brought mixed feelings among Ghanaians.

The members further appealed to the President “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 our value system as Ghanaians.

The Minority Chief Whip, Hon. Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak, on his part, wondered why Theresa May offered assistance to countries to help them legalize gay rights, but not rather to assist us with laws and interventions that would alleviate poverty and the illicit drain of our financial and natural resources by the West.

He reminded the House that Western countries have not changed their stance on polygamy, and thus have no moral rights to force Africans to change their culture.

The Member for Afutu, Alexander Afenyo Markin also called for an intensive counter campaign to effectively neutralize the effort of the powers that are for the legalization of same sex practice.

The second (2nd) Deputy Speaker, Hon. Alban Sumani Bagbin, sitting in as the Speaker, indicated that Ghana would not stand against God, and neither she be misled once more by those who think that they are civilized.

He added that “this is the strongest indication from the House, and if need be, we may move a motion one day to resolve and give direction to the country on the matter”.

“We are no longer the small boys and girls of any country, and so we will not take it. Ghana will not compromise on our stance against homosexualism and lesbianism”, he concluded.

By: Frederick E. Aggrey

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