- Bill is essential to control social order and Norms-Rev Ashitey
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana has urge Government to enact laws that will ensure that persons who involve themselves in LGBT activities are jailed for minimum three years.
According to the Church,the current punishment for engaging in LGBT activities is not strong enough to scare people from practicing them.
Moreover,the Church indicated that it supports the promotion of Proper Human Sexual Right and Ghanaian Family Values Bill which was file by Ningo Prampram MP,Sam George.
Speaking at the public hearing on the Anti-LGBTQ+ bill in Parliament,Director of Ecumenical and Social Relations of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana,Rev.Nii Armah Ashitey,said “this bill is essential to control social order and norms”
He stated,as Christians,we believe in mercy and forgiveness but we equally believe that punishment are meant to deterrents not only for offenders but people who habour for similar intent.
It is the considered opinion of PCG that offence committed under the bill should not attract an equivalent jail term of less than three years.
“We find that the needs of that law on Proper Human Sexual Right and Ghanaian Family Values have emerged from the inadequacy of the criminal Offences Act 1960(Act 29).This law that hopes to come out after this bill has been passed is needed to deter unacceptable behaviors that are injurious to the common good of society” Rev. Ashitey added.
A team of 8 MPs lead by Sam George jointly submitted a private bill to criminalize the activities of Lesbian,gay,bisexual,transgender,queer and intersex(LGBTQI+) persons in Ghana.
The bill was laid in Parliament on Monday ,August 2 and read for the first time.After that,it was referred to the constitutional,legal and Parliamentary committee for consideration.
Eighteen lawyers ,academics and other professionals sent a memorandum to Parliament for the bill to be thrashed,stated that it violate the fundamental human right guarantees by the constitution.