Speaker’s comments on LGBT not law, you can challenge his views using appropriate avenues – Kate Addo

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Kate Addo, Parliament’s Head of Public Affairs, has urged persons who have reservations about the recent comments made by the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, on the actions of LGBTQs to take advantage of the appropriate processes to lodge their complaints, ABC News can report.

Persons who wish to challenge the views of the speaker, Kate Addo indicated, can resort to numerous avenues to lodge their complaints, including filing a motion with the House for consideration.

She explained that the Speaker’s comments are not law, therefore, persons who have issues are at liberty to challenge them.

The African Center for International Law and Accountability has expressed misgivings about the Speaker of Parliament’s persistent comments against the LGBTI community, which it describes as “homophobic.”

Executive Director of ACILA, William Nyarko, said the Speaker has gone overboard and urged Parliament as an institution or the government, if possible, to call him to order.

However, Kate Addo, in an interview with ABC News mentioned that the Speaker, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, “spoke for himself and also as Speaker of the House and he is saying that issues of homosexuality and bestiality are alien to our culture and, therefore, we shouldn’t encourage it. He said, on Wednesday, that people that are homosexual, whether they are queer or transgender or whatever, do have rights as human beings but the issue is whether they should be allowed in our country so he is not saying that they don’t have rights but when it comes to issues of homosexuality and transgender it is alien to our culture.”

“If anybody has anything against it they want to do anything about it, they can file that they want to bring a motion, speak about it or they can do something about it, whatever it is that they want to do. It’s not like he said it and his word is law. The people who want to challenge his view on anything, there are processes they go through, they can bring a substantive motion” she added.

The Speaker of Parliament told a gathering that gays “are people with deviant behaviours who need spiritual deliverance or medical help to over their challenge.”

“Gay people are humans with deviant conduct who should either be treated medically or subjected to spiritual deliverance. The ideas, believes, norms and values that Ghanaians hold about Homosexuality still stronger,” the speaker stated at the maiden Speaker’s Breakfast meeting in Parliament, in Accra Wednesday.

“There is no chapter or verse in the bible or Quran that supports Homosexuality” the Speaker noted, adding that “of course, it doesn’t mean they must be killed, it doesn’t mean your arm must be amputated. We don’t do any such thing here. We try to handle the matter, either we teach you medically, or we also handle it psychologically”.

The issue of homosexuality became topical in Ghana weeks ago after the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA), together with the UNFPA and other agencies, drafted a Comprehensive Sexual Education document to be integrated into the curricula for schools in Ghana.

The CSE received strong opposition from a section of the public, spearheaded by anti-homosexuality campaigner, Moses Foh-Amoaning, on the basis that aspects of the policy document were against our culture and promoted LGBTQ ideals.

Government, subsequently, explained that it had no intention of introducing Ghanaian Children to anything against Ghanaian morals and culture, describing the comments by some sections of the public as misleading and false.

According to Speaker of Parliament, President Akufo-Addo, a man he has known since the 1960s, will not under any circumstance introduce anything against his moral, religious and societal beliefs like the LGBTQ.

Source: ABCNewsGh.com 




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