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National Coalition Endorses Anti-LGBTQ MPs in NDC Primaries

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The National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values has declared its support for the seven Members of Parliament who sponsored the Anti-LGBTQ Bill in their respective primaries. The coalition, which is made up of several organizations advocating for the passage of the bill, has called on delegates in the seven constituencies to retain the MPs in order to enable them to continue their service to God and the country.

The Executive Secretary/National Spokesperson of the coalition, Moses Foh-Amoaning, stated that it is the national duty of delegates to retain the anti-LGBTQ MPs in their constituencies. He assured Sam George and his colleagues of the utmost support of the coalition and all like-minded individuals to ensure they win their respective primaries and return to Parliament.

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The seven NDC MPs, led by Sam George, are spearheading the passage of the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and the Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021, which seeks to criminalize LGBTQ activities by establishing proper human sexual rights and Ghanaian family values, outlawing LGBT-related activities, and protecting and supporting children. The other MPs are Emmanuel Bedzrah, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Rita Naa Odoley Sowah, Dela Sowah, and Alhassan S. Suhuyini.

The Anti-LGBTQ Bill was laid before the house on Thursday, March 30, 2023, by the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and is expected to be debated and approved when the House returns from the Easter break.

Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin, during a recent trip to the UK, assured the bill would be passed regardless of external intimidation.

For the most part, the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values’ endorsement of the MPs is not surprising, given their stance on the Anti-LGBTQ Bill. The call for the retention of the MPs in their constituencies is also not unexpected, as they are the ones championing the bill in Parliament. However, the coalition’s assurance of its utmost support for the MPs and the call for all like-minded individuals to ensure their victory in the primaries highlights the level of influence the coalition has in advocating for the passage of the bill.

It is important to note that the Anti-LGBTQ Bill has been met with strong opposition from human rights organizations and the international community, who argue that it violates the fundamental human rights of LGBTQ individuals. The passing of the bill could also have far-reaching consequences for Ghana’s relations with international partners who support the rights of the LGBTQ community.

In conclusion, the endorsement of the anti-LGBTQ MPs by the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values underscores the importance of the bill to the coalition and its member organizations. However, the passage of the bill remains a controversial issue that has generated a lot of debate both within and outside Ghana.

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