“LGBTQ+ is not about religious beliefs” – Akoto Ampaw
• Akoto Ampaw says the LGBTQ+ debate is not about religious beliefs
• He is of the opinion that the private member’s bill championed by some eight MPs makes no sense
• He is one of about eighteen individuals who are challenging the anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Lawyer Akoto Ampaw lamented that the ongoing debate over whether or not LGBTQ+ activities should be criminalized is not about religious beliefs.
According to him, the private member’s bill led by some eight MPs makes no sense and reflects the mindset of those who produced it.
Akoto Ampaw said the anti-LGBTQ+ bill criminalizing an intersex or asexual person does not make sense and yet “shows the extremism of the mindset that produced this bill.”
He told TV3’s Dzifa Bampoh on Key Points that: “First of all, I want to make it clear that this debate is not about religious beliefs.
“Secondly, this debate is not about numbers. It’s not about how many people support homosexuals – 30 million, how many people are against homosexuals – 2 million, that’s not the issue.
Akoto Ampaw said, “The fundamental question is about our constitution and our rights. This is the fundamental problem that we have to solve.”
“It is somewhat gratifying that just recently the Majority Leader in Parliament said the issue would not be discussed on the basis of religious beliefs. I think it is a big step forward if this is how Parliament is going to approach this issue. It is a constitutional question,” he said.
Lawyer Akoto Ampaw is one of some eighteen renowned professionals from the legal, academic and civil society communities who have filed a memorandum challenging anti-gay legislation before Parliament.
In the memorandum, they argue that the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021, which seeks to criminalize LGBTQ+ and adjacent activities, is an “impermissible invasion of the inviolability of human dignity. “.
Pushing anti-LGBTQ+ will amount to challenging Ghana’s constitution and democracy, they also argued in the 18-page document.
The anti-LGBTQ+ bill currently before Parliament provides that people of the same sex who engage in sexual activity could spend up to 10 years in prison.
Support for the LGBTQ+ community would also be criminalized.