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It is time for us to legislate to place LGBTQI+ difficulties to rest – Joyce Bawah


An aide to previous President John Mahama has known as on authorities and applicable stakeholders to enact regulations that will offer with problems relating to Lesbian, Homosexual, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) in the region.

Joyce Bawah Mogtari who was speaking on Pleasure News’ Newsfile Saturday, observed that problems concerning LGBTQI+ have been sidelined for far also extensive.

So, time has come for the country to legislate the act to evidently show its stance.

“I assume it is time for us to cease shelling out lip-service to that make a difference. It is time for the government, legislature, and crucial stakeholders to occur together and discover a way to set this make any difference to rest.

“I think the only way is to find a way both via general public policy, via legislation, via enactment whichever [to deal with the LGBTQI+ issue],” she told Newsfile host Samsom Lardy.

Commenting on the Criminal Offence Act that frowns on unnatural carnal know-how, the Aide explained, the legislation is not “cast and iron”.

In her watch, the Act as stipulated by the regulation can be interpreted interchangeably, as these, examining the law which will obviously point out what is completely wrong or proper on the issue will provide the full concern to a shut.

“Our constitution grants us all kinds of freedoms on the basis of faith, creed, gender, and what have you so that absolutely has a certain extensive connotation.

“So we are not able to always go into the minds of the framers of that specific portion of the legislation and uncover out why they arrived at this summary. So I feel unquestionably, it is time for us to close the discussion and place it to rest.”

Discussion on LGBTQ+ was revived following advocates of the team commissioned their place of work space at an unidentified place in the nation. 

Through the recent ministerial vetting, some minister-designates had been questioned about their views on the topic. 

The Minister-Designate for Gender, Madam Adwoa Safo claimed in the course of vetting that the illegality of homosexuality is non-negotiable.

“The concern of LGBTQI is an issue that when stated generates some controversy but what I want to say is that our legal guidelines are distinct on this sort of methods. It would make it felony.”

“On the difficulty of its criminality, it is non-negotiable on the situation of cultural acceptance and norms too. These techniques are also frowned upon,” she said emphatically.

The minister-designate for information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah additional instructed the will need for a law to ban LGBTQI advocacy in the country.

For the Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs Minister-designate, Ebenezer Kum said he was against LGBTQ+ and will urge cabinet not to motivate it.

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