The National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values has pledged its support for seven National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) in the upcoming parliamentary primaries of the opposition party.
The coalition believes delegates in the seven constituencies have a responsibility to retain the MPs sponsoring the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, 2021, which seeks to criminalize same-sex relationships and proscribe advocacy of same.
The coalition's Executive Secretary, Moses Foh-Amoaning, issued a statement asking delegates to vote for the MPs and maintain them in their seats, saying that they were doing “Godly works” for their constituency and the nation.
The seven MPs are Samuel Nartey George, MP for Ningo-Prampram; Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, MP for Ho West; Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, MP for South Dayi; Helen AdjoaNtoso, MP for Krachi East; Rita NaaOdoleySowah, MP for La Dadekotopon; Della Sowah, MP for Kpando, and AlhasanSayibuSuhuyini, MP for Tamale North.
The coalition also said it had drafted and laid the bill and worked “tirelessly to bring the bill to its current status in Parliament, where it has now been placed before the plenary for full debate.”
The report on the bill was laid before the house on March 30, by the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, and a debate and approval or otherwise is expected when the House returns from recess.
Critics have said that the bill would be repressive and stifle sexual rights, which they consider fundamental, of people in the LGBTQ community. However, proponents believe that the proposed law is in conformity with Ghana's cultural and religious values.
Over 150 memoranda, for and against the bill, were received and heard in public by the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs; considerations the Chairman of the Committee, Kwame Anyinadu-Antwi, said were contained in the report which is due for debate.