The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, has stated that members of Parliament are willing to suffer the consequences of the anti-gay bill’s passage.
“Some lawmakers, including the bill’s sponsor, Sam George, have been publicly and privately threatened.” Threats to MPs have been made to the Speaker. Some have been denied visas and advised to stay away from the situation. It is unfortunate that this intimidation is primarily coming from the Western diplomatic community.”
In response to questions from Starr News, Suame MP admitted that as a result of the anti-gay bill, some MPs have faced visa challenges and the threat of travel bans.
Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, on the other hand, has added that MPs should be willing to pay a collective price for such a decision made in the best interests of the country.
“I only learned about this yesterday evening, but it is a decision that the Ghanaian Parliament will have to make.” If we [Parliament] all decide that this is the way to go, and the rest of the world decides that we are against Ghana because of it, then we must all suffer as a result. It will not be a single person who becomes a martyr in this, but we aren’t there yet, and I don’t want to prejudge it.”
The anti-gay bill, which is currently before Parliament and is sponsored by eight MPs, seeks to criminalize and imprison lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers (LGBTQ+) and those who promote such activities in the country.
His remarks come after Arthur Kobina Kennedy, a leading member of the New Patriotic Party based in the United States, revealed that some members of Parliament are being denied visas and warned to stay away from the anti-gay bill currently before Parliament.
As previously stated, the anti-gay bill has polarized public opinion. While some, particularly religious and traditional groups, have supported the Bill, others, including academics, lawyers, and members of civil society, have opposed it.