ACCRA– In very strong language laced with banter, Parliament minced no words to express disgust, revulsion and angst against attempts by people, backed by some foreign elements to legalise sodomy in Ghana.
Prof Aaron Michael Oquaye, the Speaker of the House, and Second Deputy Speaker Alban Sumana Bagbin had registered their position, that, under no circumstance would they countenance and endorse any attempts to legalise the practice, which they said was debasing and below the behaviour of animals.
Speaker Oquaye had threatened to resign his position, and Bagbin vowed to kick against any attempts by foreign countries to impose homosexuality on Ghanaians.
If anybody should bring such a thing to parliament and I have to preside over that, I’d rather resign than subscribe to this delusion, Prof Oquaye had said.
The disgust of the entire House stemmed from comments from British Prime Minister Theresa May, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in April, urging Commonwealth countries to bring to an end a legacy of anti-homosexual discrimination, blaming Britain’s history of colonialism for criminalising same-sex relationships.
The Prime Minister had said that the UK would support member states which sought to reform “outdated” legislation affecting the relationships, or failed to protect women and girls.
Gay and lesbian rights campaigners urged May to intervene over the legislation affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as same sex relations were still illegal in 36 Commonwealth countries.
The Prime Minister indicated further that the U.K. was ready to help Commonwealth nations to repeal anti-gay laws and embrace homosexuality.
The comment attracted wide condemnation among Ghanaians, among which the Presidency issued a statement to the effect that it will not be under the Presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that same-sex marriage will be legalised in Ghana.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK