The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, has called for review and possible stiffening of the nation’s laws on homosexuality to save her from what he says is “un-Ghanaian” sexual behaviour.
The Dome-Kwabenya MP predicts the extinction of the human race if homosexuality is allowed to thrive.
Speaking on Citi FM on Thursday June 9, the long-serving MP called for the closure of all homosexual joints across the country.
Prof Oquaye argued that much as individuals are entitled to their rights such as a sexual preference, such rights must not be offensive to the larger society.
“Homosexuality is already an offense, a criminal offense,” he insisted.
“All those homosexual joints must be closed down, we should tighten the law too and then we must also have a form of public education because a lot of these young people are misled and they think that it is fashionable.
“If the state doesn’t intervene to destroy this fashion-ability, of this criminal and immoral activity, then we would wake up one day to realize we have spoilt our nation.
“It is something that must be nipped in the bud, it is un-Ghanaian, we cannot say now that we are going to have in Ghanaian customary marriage, a man and a man are marrying. It is an abomination in the sight of the Ghanaian.
“If that is so, why should we allow some people to come and pollute it for us, I think we must take action”.
In a related development, a former head of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Francis Emile Short, has called for a nationwide debate on the subject.
According to Justice Short, prohibiting people from practicing homosexuality will amount to trampling on their human rights.
He said, “You cannot deny the fact that this phenomenon exists and it is gaining wide currency. As to whether our laws should prohibit someone declaring himself a homosexual is a debatable matter because it might run counter to certain international human right norms and values so that is a debatable and difficult matter.
“I’m glad that at least it is acknowledged that at least they do have some rights and I think we ought to recognise that and know that they cannot be discriminated against”.