Ursula Owusu-Ekuful acknowledges presence of homosexuals in every Ghanaian community

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communications, has expressed her support for the anti-same-sex law currently under parliamentary consideration. During the debates on the report presented by the Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs, she commended their efforts in refining the bill to respect the rights of all Ghanaians while capturing the sentiment and expectations of society.

In her statement, the minister acknowledged the existence of homosexuals within Ghanaian communities, citing the presence of specific local language terms referring to individuals engaged in same-sex relations. She emphasized the importance of protecting Ghanaian values, including cultural and social values, as members of Parliament sworn to uphold them.

Ursula stressed the significance of respecting the rights of Ghanaians and the necessity of enacting laws that safeguard fundamental rights and adhere to the Constitution. The Parliament began the debate on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021, commonly known as the anti-LGBTQ+ bill, on July 5. This proposed legislation aims to criminalize LGBTQ+ activities, prohibit their promotion or advocacy, and ensure the protection and support of individuals, particularly children, affected by LGBTQ+ issues.

The bill garnered unanimous support from Members of Parliament when the speaker called for dissenting views to be expressed.

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