President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed hope that the law-making body will deal with the anti-gay bill that is currently before the House in a satisfactory manner.
Mr Akufo-Addo said this after chiefs in the Greater Accra region had pleaded with him to intervene and ensure that the practice of homosexuality is prohibited in the country.
The chiefs vowed that the practice would not be tolerated on Ga lands.
The Vice President of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, Nii Odaifio Welentse III said in a meeting with President Akufo-Addo on Friday October 22 that “The traditional authorities in the Greater Accra region want to use this opportunity to voice out our displeasure on the issue of accepting people indulging in same sex marriage.
“As fathers of the land, we have monitored the social and public discourse and we want to add our voice that this practice will not be entertained or tolerate among our people.
“Mr President, all eyes and ears are looking to you for you to do the needful to help save humanity.”
Responding to his comments, President Akufo-Addo said “I have taken your comment on board on the issue of LGBTQI Parliament is dealing with the mater and we hope that it will deal with it in a satisfactory way.”
The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill was laid in the House on Monday, August 2 and read for the first time.
Reading for the first time, a clerk in the legislative assembly stated that the Bill proscribes lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) and other related activities and propaganda or advocacy and promotion for same.
It also came to light that it supports protection for children and persons who are victims or accused of homosexuality.
Second Deputy Speaker Andrew Asiamah Amoako referred the Bill to the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Committee for consideration.
“For the first time, it is referred to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration and report,” Mr Asiamah Amoako, who is also the MP for Fomena, directed.
The controversial bill has already divided opinion in the Ghanaian public discourse.
While some, particularly the religious and traditional groupings, have supported the Bill and are hopeful of its passing, others say it could incur the wrath of the international community against Ghana.