Lawmaker Sam Nartey George Clashes with Nigerian Gay Pastor Over LGBTQ+ Issues
Sam Nartey George, the representative for Ningo Prampram, engaged in a heated exchange with a Nigerian gay pastor who criticized his stance on LGBTQ+ matters in Ghana. Human rights organization Rightify Ghana expressed concerns about the potential threats posed by the “Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill” currently before parliament. The group accused Sam George, the lead sponsor of the bill, of spreading falsehoods by claiming that LGBTQ+ individuals in Ghana were advocating for same-sex marriage.
In response, Reverend Jide Macaulay, a British-Nigerian gay pastor and founder of House of Rainbow CIC, referred to Sam George as a failed politician and a national disgrace. Macaulay emphasized that LGBTQ+ individuals in Ghana were seeking protection from violence, the right to assemble, access to healthcare, and a safe and fulfilling life.
Sam George swiftly fired back, calling the pastor a failed human being and highlighting his HIV infection, which he claimed was a result of homosexuality. The lawmaker dismissed Macaulay’s criticism and urged him to focus on his own circumstances.
The LGBTQ+ Bill, officially known as “The Promotion of Proper Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021,” is a Private Members’ Bill supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Besides Sam George, the bill is sponsored by Emmanuel Bedzrah, Della Adjoa Sowah, John Ntim Fordjour, Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini, Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Rita Naa Odoley Sowah, and Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor.