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Ntim: NPP is opposed to LGBTQ+

The National Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Stephen Ayesu Ntim, has firmly voiced the party’s opposition to the activities of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) individuals in the country.

Addressing the party’s thanksgiving service to commemorate the one year in office of its National Executives yesterday, Mr Ntim emphasised the party’s stance against the LGBTQ+ community’s activities, citing the NPP’s commitment to upholding traditional Ghanaian values and cultural norms.

He expressed concern that the promotion and acceptance of LGBTQ+ rights could undermine the country’s moral fabric. “The New Patriotic Party stands firmly against the activities of the LGBTQ+ community in our nation. We believe in preserving and protecting our cultural heritage, which recognizes marriage as being between a man and a woman. The promotion of same-sex relationships goes against our core values and traditions,” he stated.

Staunch opposition

The National Chair of NPP Ntim further stated that the party would take steps to oppose any attempts to legalize same-sex marriage or to grant legal protections to LGBTQ+ individuals in Ghana.

“We in the NPP are opposed to any systematic attempt to normalise LGBTQ+ and related conduct acts in Ghana because it is not part of the legacy. As a center-right party, the NPP stands firmly against any erosion of the values that have shaped Ghanaian society for generations. Our society has its core values and principles that make us who we are, and we must embrace them with pride. Let us be vigilant against any forces that seek to undermine our heritage,” he stressed.

Mr Ntim further underlined that while the NPP is dedicated to addressing pressing issues affecting Ghanaians across the nation, the LGBTQ+ agenda is not among their priorities. Instead, he urged Ghanaians, particularly the youth, to take pride in their cultural identity and remain vigilant against forces that seek to undermine their heritage.

Urging unity in upholding Ghana’s cherished cultural values, the NPP National Chairman called on the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to respect the NPP’s stance on LGBTQ+ issues. He also called on like-minded citizens, organizations, and religious groups to join forces in safeguarding Ghana’s cultural heritage.

He cautioned against what he referred to as a “cynical campaign” by the opposition NDC to impose the LGBTQ+ agenda on the NPP, urging the NDC to engage constructively on matters that genuinely impact the nation’s progress and welfare.

Mr Ntim further rallied the party’s base to support the NPP’s position on the matter and set the party’s course in preserving Ghana’s cultural heritage and societal values.

Anti-LGBTQ+ bill  

Parliament on Wednesday July 6, 2023, unanimously adopted the “Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2022”.

The object of the Bill is to provide for proper human sexual rights and Ghanaian Family Values proscribe lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) and related activities. The bill now moves to the consideration stage; after which it will go through the third reading before it is passed into law.

During the second laying of the Bill, when Speaker Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin put the question as to which of the 275 Members of Parliament (MPs) was against the adoption of the Bill, the House unanimously voted for its adoption.

The bi-partisan Private Members Bill was introduced by eight Members of Parliament (MPs) led by Samuel Nartey George, National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Ningo-Prampram.

The rest are Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, NDC MP for Ho West; Della Adjoa Sowah, NDC MP for Kpando; and; Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, NPP MP for Assin South.

The rest are Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini, NDC MP for Tamale North; Rita Naa Odoley Sowah, NDC MP for Dadekotopon; Madam Helen Adjoa Ntoso, NDC MP for Kete Krachi and; Rockson-Nelson Etse Kwami Dafeamekpor, NDC MP for South Dayi.

Contributing to the debate on the Motion, George, the lead sponsor of the bill said: “The danger of homosexuality is grave, persons who are homosexuals or transgender from statistics from the CDS have at least six times higher rate of obesity, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts than heterosexual people. This has a consequence on our health bill as a country and public health, and we cannot turn a blind eye to this.”

Mr Bernard Ahiafor, NDC MP for Akatsi South, stressed that the passing of the Bill on the Promotion of Proper Sexual Human Rights and Ghanaian Family Values will not violate any international treaty.

 

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