If ever gay bill comes to Parliament, I will walk away from my job - Speaker

If ever gay bill comes to Parliament, I will walk away from my job - Speaker
Source: Ghana|myjoyonline.com|Edwin Appiah|edwin.appiah@myjoyonline.com
Date: 10-05-2018 Time: 09:05:42:pm
Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Ocquaye

A big believer in conservatism, the Speaker of Parliament who has built a sterling 26-year political career is prepared to watch it crumble over gay rights.

One pro-liberal piece of legislation over where a man is allowed to stick his manhood will be all that it takes to walk away from his 17,000 plus salary.

"If anybody should bring such a thing in parliament, I would rather resign that subscribe to this delusions", he said sternly and cooled it off with a laugh.

"It is a matter of serious principle", he said.

And he would not flinch in doing that, the professor who is a proud Baptist minister said on Good Evening Ghana.

This is all a very hypothetical situation, he said.

The government, the singular author of legislation for parliamentary debate has stressed gay rights discussion is off the table.

Government has said at least twice that it will not consider pro-LGBT laws after the President, Nana Akufo-Addo broke his silence in an Aljazeera interview that 'it is bound to happen'.

That observation on Aljazeera in November 2017 sparked a gay rights discussion in Ghana that ebbs and rises on social media and mainstream media.

British Prime minister Theresa May said in April, her country is sorry for inserting anti-gay legislation in the statues of its former colonies.

The suggestion appears to be that African shun gay rights because the British put it in its colonial laws which were carried into constitutions of the colonies after they became independent.

The Speaker of Parliament perhaps the most vocal campaigner against homosexual rights in Ghana believes there is no need for LGBT to push for their human rights to be respected.

This is because they already have the same right as thieves, he said. The Speaker's vociferous views on gay matters are not new but the temper of his resistance may appear appealing for persons criticising gay rights.

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