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Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill: “In Ghana, I am interested in the sanctity of children, not what you do in your bedroom” – Sam George

The Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram and a key supporter of the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, Sam George, has addressed misunderstandings and misinformation surrounding the controversial legislation

During an appearance on JoyNews’ PM Express, Mr. George expressed frustration over what he perceived as misinformation about the bill. He addressed claims that LGBTQ+ individuals would face discrimination in job applications, stating, “Does anyone ask you who you slept within your bedroom when applying for a job? What happens in the confines of your bedroom remains the business of you and your partner.”

Responding to concerns raised by Dr. Amanda Odoi, another panelist on the show, Mr. George argued that when individuals choose to define themselves by their sexual preference publicly, it becomes a matter of public policy. He defended the bill’s focus on regulating such matters, asserting that public policy would naturally apply.

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Mr. George also touched on the issue of funding, suggesting that some LGBTQ+ rights proponents may prioritize financial support over the welfare of Ghanaian children. “If this is all about funding for you, I am more interested in the sanctity of Ghanaian children,” he said.

In an international context, Mr. George highlighted the enforcement of LGBTQ+ rights in various countries, pointing out the discrepancy in treatment. He mentioned that individuals respect and adhere to the laws of countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia when traveling there.

Comparing Nigeria’s 15-year jail term for engaging in LGBTQ+ activities to Ghana’s 3-year jail term, Mr. George questioned the moral authority of those who oppose the LGBTQ+ Bill yet conform to Nigeria’s rules when traveling there. He remarked, “… but think that Ghana should become a jungle because we think we are so liberal.”

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On Wednesday, February 28, Parliament unanimously passed the Anti-LGBTQ+ bill following the completion of the third reading.

The anti-LGBTQ+ Bill has sparked intense debate since its introduction three years ago. While proponents argue that it upholds cultural and religious values, opponents contend that portions of the Bill violate human rights and promote discrimination.

Since its passage, many opponents have expressed their displeasure, with some civil society groups threatening legal action should President Akufo-Addo assent to the bill for it to become law.

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