July 6, 2023

One of the sponsors of the Promotion of Proper Sexual Human Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021, Rev John Ntim Fordjour has stated that the bill currently before Parliament is a true reflection of what Ghanaians stand for.

According to him, the anti-LGBTQ bill reflects the desires of Ghanaians evident in the wide-ranging support the bill has garnered from various authorities, including Parliament and the clergy.

He further pointed out that the bill received unanimous approval and bipartisan consensus at the committee level.
He underlined that there were no dissenting views, indicating that both sides of the aisle agreed on the bill’s provisions.

“The bill received a bi-partisan unanimous approval at the committee level and there were no dissenting or whatsoever views. Both sides of the aisle at the committee level agreed and we sought the opinion of the Attorney General who even came to enrich the bill and eventually came back to the Floor of Parliament for a second reading so the entire Parliament is carried along and the position of the law that we are legislating is a true reflection of what the good people of Ghana stand for.”

Citing a survey conducted by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD), the Assin South MP noted that an overwhelming 86 per cent of Ghanaians support the bill. He framed this as a victory for the people of Ghana and their society.

“A CDD survey conducted on the bill indicated that a significant 86 per cent of people in this country support the bill that we are sponsoring and so it is a win situation for the people of Ghana and the Ghanaian society.”

The MP clarified that the bill is not religious in nature and is not aimed at regulating morality.

“It is not a religious law, it is not just a matter of morals but a product of intellectual consultation, and no portion of the bill violates any part of the constitution, or neither does it violate any international treaty or universal declaration on human rights and this is a collective victory.”