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Anti-gay bill is nonsense, a misplaced priority; it shouldn’t have been brought – Sam Okudzeto

A member of the Council of State, Mr Sam Okudzeto says the anti-LGBTQI bill should not have been introduced in the first place.

He wondered how it affects the economy if two adults decide on what to do in their bedroom.

Mr Okudzeto asked the clergy whether it is only gayism that they have sin as a sin recorded in the Bible for which they are mounting pressure for the anti-gay bill to be signed. He asked what the clergy have been doing against all the other sins captured in the Bible.

“We have even tried to induce the churches, they are all running around calling on the president to sign the bill.

“All the sins which are listed in the Bible, what have they been doing about it? LGBTQI is the only one they have seen? We talk about corruption, corruption, from the messenger to the top, every one of us is involved in corruption” he asked in an interview with TV3’s Beatrice Adu on Tuesday, May 7.

He added “when a man and woman go and sleep in the bedroom, is that my business? , how does that affect the economy? How does that put food out of my mouth? Does that affect my education? So I have a different view altogether. I think the whole concept, to me, is completely out of the issue…We are preoccupied with someone sitting with a man or a woman sitting with a woman as being a national issue. The whole thing about LGBTQI is a nonsense issue, it should not have come in the first place.”

Parliament unanimously passed the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill 2024 (also known as the anti-LGBTQ+ bill) on Wednesday, February 28.

The bill, if assented to, prescribes between three and five years imprisonment to persons found guilty of willful promotion, funding, and advocating for LGBTQ+ activities prohibited under the act.

Also, persons who publicly identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, an ally, or pansexual face between two months and three years of imprisonment.

The president later indicated his inability to the bill until after the Supreme Court had finished hearing the suit filed against the bill.


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