“Sam George Focuses on Preserving the Innocence of Ghanaian Children, Not Private Matters”

The Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill has been a controversial topic in Ghana, with various groups debating its merits and drawbacks. In a recent interview on JoyNews’ PM Express, the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, addressed some misconceptions and misinformation surrounding the bill.

One of the issues he tackled was the claim that LGBTQ+ individuals would face discrimination in job applications. Mr George argued that what happens in the confines of one’s bedroom is nobody’s business and does not affect their ability to perform a job. He also argued that when individuals choose to define themselves by their sexual preference publicly, it becomes a matter of public policy.

The MP also addressed the issue of funding, suggesting that some proponents of LGBTQ+ rights may be more interested in financial support than the welfare of Ghanaian children. He pointed out the discrepancy in LGBTQ+ rights enforcement in various countries and questioned the moral authority of opponents of the bill who would travel to Nigeria and still conform to their rules.

Parliament passed the Anti-LGBTQ+ bill in February 2021, following the completion of the third reading. The bill has been a topic of intense debate and discussion since it was introduced to the legislature three years ago. While proponents argued that it is necessary to uphold cultural and religious values, opponents argued that portions of the bill violate human rights and promote discrimination.

Since its passage, many opponents have shared their displeasure, with some civil society groups threatening to take legal action should President Akufo-Addo assent to the bill for it to become law.

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