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Don’t be afraid – Speaker tells committee considering anti-LGBT+ Bill

29th March 2023

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has charged the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of the house not to be intimidated in its work on the proposed anti-LGBT bill.

During a breakfast meeting with the clergy, Alban Bagbin urged the committee to make its challenges known for the needed assistance.

“I was so happy when I read that Pope Francis directed that no Reverend Father should celebrate over gay or lesbian marriage. Rome has spoken, and it’s final. Committee members that we refer the Bill to, don’t be intimidated by any person. Please let the report flow, we will be guided by our constitution, so what are you afraid of,” the Speaker asked.

President Akufo-Addo during a joint press conference he had with US Vice President, Kamala Harris at the Jubilee House on Monday, disclosed that his government had intervened to modify the current anti-LGBTQ Bill.

Kamala Harris also subtly tried to belittle Ghana’s efforts to pass the anti-LGBTQ bill.

Incensed over the comments, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin lambasted Akufo-Addo and Kamala Harris describing the comments as undemocratic.

“As the Vice President of the USA, Kamala Harris did on March 27, these things should not be tolerated, that is undemocratic. What is democracy? That someone should have to dictate to me what is good and what is bad? Unheard of, because we have decided to devalue ourselves and go begging? Come on, we have more than enough. God has created more than enough for every person, the Bill will be passed,” Bagbin added.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo Prampram, Samuel Nartey George, says it will be politically suicidal if the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo decides not to append his signature to the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill after Parliament passes it.

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