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LGBTQ+ Bill: Western diplomats threatening Ghanaian lawmakers with visa restrictions – Dr. Kennedy

Dr. Arthur Kennedy, a Ghanaian born physician has described as intolerance, the open threat issued by western diplomats to some lawmakers pushing for the passage of a bill to criminalize the practice and promotion LGBTQ in the West African country.

“Some lawmakers, including the bill’s sponsor, Sam George have been threatened publicly and privately. Calls have been made to the Speaker, threatening MPs. Some have been denied visas and warned to stay away from this issue. It is sad that this intimidation is coming mainly from the Western diplomatic community.” He wrote.

According to him, the approach by the west contradicts what they are known for. “In addition to democracy and the rule of law, the West exemplifies, to the eternal admiration of people like me, the attitude of tolerance…Unfortunately, the opposition to the bill, motivated by the noble desire to promote tolerance for the homosexual community, has been characterized by intolerance.” Dr Kennedy added.

The proposed bill themed “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021” has become a center for discussion in Ghana as the country’s parliament is in the process of passing the bill into law.

Ghana’s speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin earlier assured the populace that the bill will be passed despite threats from the diplomatic community. “Ghanaians have spoken with one voice. I sit here as the speaker of Ghana; I represent Ghanaians and the country Ghana. We have spoken with one voice that we don’t want anything to do with whatever terms they are because there is still no end yet” Mr. Bagbin said.

The speaker added that, “We will not threaten any person but we shall also not be threatened; and all those threatening the members of parliament who are leading this bill, please be warned. We cannot be threatened in our homes. This must be stated loud and clear.”

“To those who have come to do business in Ghana, those who represent their countries and think that they are right. We also represent our country and they will never, they can never dictate to us as to how to live or not to live in this world and I am very clear in my mind that, this house, the parliament of Ghana will pass this bill as soon as possible.” The speaker said

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