Passage of anti-gay bill comes with consequences – Gabby Otchere-Darko - Onlinetimesgh

Passage of anti-gay bill comes with consequences – Gabby Otchere-Darko

New Patriotic Party Stalwart, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has warned that the passage of the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill will come with consequences.

Parliament on February 28, 2024, passed the bill that outlaws LGBTQ+ activities. Individuals found guilty could be sentenced to imprisonment ranging from 6 months to 3 years, while those who promote and sponsor the act could face a prison term between 3 to 5 years.

In a statement posted on X, Mr. Otchere-Darko expressed his concerns about the enactment describing the bill as harsh. He also highlighted the possible implications. “Ghana’s parliament, in which is vested the sovereign will of the people, has democratically passed a harsher anti-LGBTQ Bill. Yes, democratically! In fact the threat of being unseated for standing for the rights of gays, etc, certainly created its own culture of silence in the House! But, it is the decision of Parliament and one which enjoys huge popular support in the country. The world must understand that.

But, Ghanaians must also understand that it comes with consequences. Choices have consequences. “

He called on the media and politicians to sensitize citizens about the advantages and disadvantages of the Bill if it becomes law.

The NPP stalwart urged individuals who believe that the Bill is constitutionally incorrect to seek legal redress.

“We expect the media and the politicians to be fair to the people by letting them know the pros and cons of this decision to impose stiffer penalties against gays, etc. We also expect those who believe the bill is constitutionally wrong to do what is right and go to court.”

Mr. Otchere-Darko encouraged Ghanaians to trust in the country’s democracy, emphasizing the importance of citizens respecting Ghana’s cultural norms.

“That is democracy! Our institutions of democracy are still strong and alive. Let’s have faith in our democracy. Let’s respect the choices we make and their consequences and believe in the process. Ghana remains a sovereign state, with cultural norms that cannot be wished away but must be respected.

“I still believe, though, that we can balance our traditional family values with our traditional values of tolerance and diversity. That’s the Ghanaian way. The Ghanaian culture. The Ghanaian spirit. Our history. Our DNA. That is Ghanaian.”

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