President Akufo-Addo has beckoned on Ghanaians to tolerate views of others on the ongoing discussions about the anti- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) Bill.
He said opposing views should be given recognition .
The bill, titled, “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021”, was submitted to Parliament in June, this year.
Speaking on the Legalization of the bill, President Akufo-Addo said it would be a plus to the country’s democracy if the issue is handled right.
He made this assertion while speaking in an interview on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show yesterday October 21st with host, Kwame Sefa Kayi.
He expressed his joy on the ongoing discussions about the Anti-LGBTQ bill.
The anti-homosexuality bill seeks among others to criminalize the practice and promoters of the act. Anyone who is found culpable could face jail terms.
The debate on LGBTQI+ has taken the main stage in Ghana as a lot of Ghanaians have expressed their disgust towards the practice therefore calling on government to immediately pass the bill into law.
Some experts are also of the view that the bill when pass into law, has it consequences on the country as a whole indicating that some benefits enjoyed by the country will be taken away by some European countries championing for the rights of LGBT people.
However, the Christian, Traditional and Muslim community have thrown their weight behind some Members of Parliament who are championing for the LGBT bill to be pass into law with Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam Nartey George, leading the charge.
Answering specific questions on the vexed issue of homosexuality in the country vis-a-vis the bill before Parliament, President Akufo-Addo said he recognised the fact that the matter bordered on public opinion that was going through a legitimate process.
“What I will hope for is that the debate would be civil and that we will recognise the need for us to be tolerant with each other and with opposing views,” he stated.