Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill: It’s the most ridiculous- CICLASS Research Fellow
Research Fellow at CICLASS Dr. Edwin Coleman is insisting that Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill is the most ridiculous, perverse and has little on basis in law because the bill puts roadblocks in the path of freedom of speech and expression.
Speaking in an interview by African editors on Sunday 25 July 2021 in Accra, Dr. Coleman said “There is nothing beautiful about preventing free speech. Foundation for Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill must be sound and not based on emotions. The bill in its current form has no basis in law at all”.
Dr. Edwin Coleman noted “we need to know and understand that our cultural values do not allow hatred for people. The LGBTQ+ does not protect fundamental human rights”.
“The bill is not justified. Claim that same sex is not allowed in the Constitution can be dubious”, he said.
According to Dr. Coleman, the LGBTQ+ bill is seeking to address overly complex situation in an awful manner. What cultural values are we talking about? Because Ghana’s values do not allow hate. We can’t prevent fundamental human rights of people because there is no legal justification”.
“The bill is the most ridiculous. There must be a convincing arguments before the bill is accepted and passed”
But, a Lecturer at UPSA Law School Justice Abdullai says he is in support of any bill that criminalises LGBTQ+. If we allow homosexuality, lesbianism and gayism, the absurdity will continue”.
“Practice of homosexuality has nothing to do with human rights “, he said
Meanwhile, Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Bagbin has issued a strong warnings to critics who have been threatening Members of Parliament who introduced the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill to parliament.
Ningo Prampram MP Samuel George, Alhassan Suhuyini and five other minority lawmakers introduced the private member bill to parliament to address on going issues on homosexuality but are being threatened including opposition against their candidature in the run-up to 2024 parliamentary elections.
Speaking in an interview monitored by African Editors in Accra, Mr. Bagbin said “Stop threatening MPs who introduce the bill, nobody can come and impose LGBTQ+ on us and I’m warning people who come to operate in our country. The Anti -LGBTQ+ Bill will be passed into law”.
Source : africaneditors.com