Opposers of Anti LGBTQI+ bill are not supporters of lesbianism and gayism – Dr Poku Adusei
Dr Opoku Adusei, Director (Legal), of the National Communications Authority (NCA) says Ghanaians should not misconstrue those who are against the Anti LGBTQI+ bill as persons who are into lesbianism and gayism.
Speaking as a panelist on newsfile hosted by Samson Lardi Ayenini, today, October 16, 2021, Dr Adusei said “…we should not lose sight of the fact that the group with Akoto Ampaw and Takyiwaa Manu who are advocating against the bill are in no way saying that they are supporters of lesbianism and gayism”.
“It doesn’t mean that they will go and tell their kids that they should convert from heterosexual relationships into gayism and lesbianism, no.
They are rather saying that the route you are taking is a wrong route”, he noted.
The NCA boss said even though he is firmly convinced that homosexualism and its related activities is a human right, he will not accept a situation where a law will be made “to actually antagonize, not just antagonize in fact, infringe the rights of certain individuals who have certain orientations.”
“That way it will be unconstitutional and it’s so overbroad to the extent that you are now telling us that these are the proper values of our humanity that way you are mistaken and I think that is where the problem is in respect of the bill. So, in sum what I’m saying is this, that we should not misconstrue those who are against the current bill as persons who are into lesbianism and gayism”, Dr. Adusei stated.
He argued that it is wrong for anyone “to think that when we are against the practice of lesbianism it means that we are infringing on individual rights, that is not the issue but what infringes on the rights of those persons is that you are now saying that they cannot decide to live their private lives if it doesn’t come into the public sphere in anyway”.
“If someone speaks by being, I will say, liberal in saying that you can’t maltreat this person then that person is also committing a crime, that is way out of order and in that way, I think that the law, even if it is passed in its current state will not be able to survive and satisfy the threshold of constitutionalism when it goes to the supreme court of Ghana”.
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