Homosexuality is an abomination
Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, says Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) practices are an abomination
to Ghanaian culture as such they will not be accepted in the country.
This follows a statement made by the Australian High Commissioner to Ghana,
Gregory Andrews indicating that any attempt by Ghana’s Parliament to enact
or pass legislation to discriminate against the rights of the LGBTQI+
community and any form of advocacy will be disappointing.
Paying a courtesy call on the Speaker of Parliament on Thursday, he said:
“We believe that to protect human rights sometimes our culture needs to adapt
and that doesn’t mean being a different culture, it means accepting people for
who they are especially when they are not causing harm to anyone else.
“That is why on the LGBTQ+ issues, Australia will really encourage Ghana’s Parliament
not to pass legislation that would discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community
or remove their rights or to make it illegal for people to advocate for their Human Rights.”
In his response, Speaker Bagbin said Parliament will not pass any legislation
that will infringe on people’s human rights.
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However, he noted that the House will not legalise homosexuality.
According to him, LGBTQI+ practices are contrary to the customs of Ghana,
therefore, will not be accepted in the country.