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Anti-gay Coalition Endorses Seven NDC MPs in Upcoming Primaries

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Anti-gay campaigners, the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, have thrown their support behind seven National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs in the upcoming parliamentary primaries of the opposition party. These MPs are sponsoring the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, 2021, which seeks to criminalize same-sex relationships and proscribe advocacy of same. The Coalition has called on delegates in the seven constituencies to retain the MPs in order for them to continue their “Godly works” for the country.

The Coalition, which has been working tirelessly to bring the Bill to its current status in Parliament, has received criticism from critics who argue that if passed, it would be repressive and stifle the sexual rights of people in the LGBTQ community. Despite this, the Coalition remains convinced that the proposed law is in conformity with Ghana’s cultural and religious values.

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In a statement signed by Moses Foh-Amoaning, Executive Secretary of the Coalition, the Members of the Coalition said they have not only drafted and laid the Bill, but have worked “tirelessly to bring the Bill to its current status in Parliament, where it has now been placed before the plenary for full debate.” The report on the Bill was laid before the house on March 30, by the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee.

Delegates within the constituencies of the seven MPs have been urged to vote massively to keep them in their seat as they help steer the passage of the Bill. The Coalition publicly prays for them to be maintained in their constituencies as Members of Parliament to continue their godly works for their constituency and the nation.

For the most part, the Bill has attracted global attention and has received over 150 memoranda, for and against the bill, which were received and heard in public by the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. Considerations the Chairman of the Committee, Kwame Anyinadu-Antwi, said were contained in the report which is due for debate when the House returns from recess.

The Coalition’s support for these MPs underscores the cultural and religious values that inform their belief in the criminalization of same-sex relationships and the proscription of advocacy of same. The upcoming parliamentary primaries in the opposition party will be a crucial moment for the future of the Bill and the Coalition’s hopes of achieving their goals.

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