Anti-LGBTQ Bill: We are protecting our cultural values – Della Sowah
Member of Parliament (MP) for Kpando Constituency, Della Sowah who is one of the eight lawmakers sponsoring anti-LGBTQ bill has revealed reasons for taking the step.
According to her, the move is to help protect the country’s cultural values among other heritage.
The new bill which has been introduced in parliament would impose a maximum 10-year prison sentence on people who support and advocate for same-sex and gay rights.
“Allow Ghanaians not to copy any culture blindly. For once allow Ghana, the shining black star of Africa set an example that other countries will copy,” she said.
Speaking to the media on this step, she said, “I feel sad when I hear that failure to legalize LGBTQ erodes democracy. Are we saying because we are practicing democracy we should allow it to erode our culture and values as a people? Why should we as Ghanaians give up our identity on account of democracy
“I don’t think on account of democracy you can get a free country like America to practice polygamy, or to legalize other lifestyle choices like the use of substances like cocaine, armed robbery and others,” she quizzed.
According to Hon. Della Sowah, LGBTQ is a lifestyle choice, and it’s not a forward looking practice, adding that she is speaking not as a Christian, but as someone who was raised to believe in what makes her a Ghanaian.Recently some people practicing polygamy were jailed in Canada. Every country protects their values.
Touching on the new bill, she said, on the contrary the law makes for the protection of the human rights of the citizenry or people who make that lifestyle choice.
Della Sowah added that under this bill their (LGBTQ) rights are protected, she indicated that it is only the courts that can find any person accused of the violation of our laws and cultural values guilty.
She further added that this bill when passed would nip the act of instant justice in the bud, and called on Ghanaians to throw their weight behind the eight MPs.