Let’s not promote intense hate against homosexuals – Gabby

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A leading member of the NPP, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has waded in the ongoing LGBTQI rights debate in the country saying people must be careful not to promote “intense hate” against homosexuals. 

“You don’t have to be pro-gay to appreciate their situation. You only have to be human. Let us be careful and not generate an intense hate campaign against homosexuals. You can speak for the law and ‘culture’ minus hate,” he wrote on Facebook.

Gabby’s position is in line with a call by the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Rev. Father Philip Naameh for known homosexuals to be according all other rights as human even if their demand for free practice of their sexual preference is denied them.

He noted that homosexuals deserve the right to accommodation, education, healthcare, employment and other things just like every other Ghanaian, so people should not deny them those rights just because they are homosexuals.

But, Bawku Central lawmaker Mahama Ayariga has said homosexuals must recognize they have no rights in Ghana.

According to him, people who own up to being homosexuals in the country must be identified and be prosecuted.

“They don’t have the right to practice gay or lesbianism so they can’t say their rights have been violated. You don’t have the right to be gay or lesbians in Ghana…any person can advocate for them but if a person claims to be one we should look for him or her and begin to punish the person for what they say they are,” he said.

The conversation and anger towards LGBTQI practices have been renewed in Ghana following a fundraiser by the group, which was attended by several diplomats, including the Australian High Commissioner as well as representatives from the European Union and Danish Embassy in Ghana, all of whom pledged to support the group.

The renewed debate is on the back of a threat from US President Joe Biden who is seeking to use denial of visas and financial support to cajole poor countries around the world to accept and legalize LGBTQI rights.

That move has give fresh vim to such groups in Ghana, who have since been campaigning for the right to be open with their activities, but the resistance has been massive from all angles, including pressure group, individuals and and government.

Meanwhile, former deputy Information Minister Pius Hadzide has said President Akufo-Addo has told him he will never legalize homosexuality in Ghana.

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