Speaker of Parliament Mr. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has given firm assurance the Proper Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill popularly called ‘the Anti-gay Bill’ or ‘LGBTQ+ Bill’ will be passed before the 2024 general election.
The Bill, which is currently before the House is being worked upon by the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
The Speaker indicated Parliament will surely pass the Bill before the 2024 polls stating, “That Bill will go through, yes.”
At an engagement with members of the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) on Friday, the first of its kind by any sitting Ghanaian Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Alban Bagbin laid down all protocols and responded to every pertinent question and concern raised by the media.
Speaking on human rights, the Speaker noted that these are things that should add value to the human being by creating opportunities, an equal playing field and giving some privileges and rights to each person and removing restrictions and hurdles to make citizens freer.
“That is what we call human rights; anything negating from that cannot be a right. Don’t forget that rights go with responsibilities, and duties go with obligations.
“Even the Almighty God in heaven has rules. That is why ‘that boy Lucifer’ when he went against the rules God dealt with him. Lucifer was cast down to the earth and we gave him the name Satan”, he stated.
The Speaker argued that in the United States, a child could tell the father “Don’t be stupid”, and it is acceptable to that society.
“However, this is a serious abomination in Ghanaian society. It’s not the same,” he stated.
Citing another example, the Speaker indicated that western societies pretend to have one man, one wife; yet married men keep numerous concubines and it is acceptable in those societies.
The same principle, he said, will guide Ghanaians on the Proper Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill and stressed Ghanaians will be the ones to determine what their human rights are and not those from outside.
“There is a good reason why we are called Ghanaians and not any other name. We have uniqueness and we have different characteristics.”
“We have customs and we have traditions and we love it. That is why we can sell out,” he added.