Ghanaian Chief Threatens To Storm Parliament If Anti-LGBTQ+ Law Is Not Passed

Osagyefo Agyemang Badu II
Osagyefo Agyemang Badu II
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One of Ghana’s most prominent chiefs has threatened to storm the nation’s parliament with 10,000 of his people to force through strict anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.  

Known as the ‘Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021‘, the legislation, if passed, would criminalise everything from sex toys to trans medical care and even ban individuals from supporting LGBTQ+ rights.

The Bill, which was leaked in July this year, has been described by human rights groups as one of the most homophobic documents the world has ever seen and is currently sitting with Ghana’s parliamentary committee, awaiting citizens to send submissions.

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Showing his support for the shocking Bill, Osagyefo Agyemang Badu II, who is the president of Bono Regional House of Chiefs, has since threatened to storm parliament with 10,000 of his people.

Osagyefo Agyemang Badu II, who also holds the title of Omanhene (paramount chief) of the Dormaa traditional council and a high court justice, explained in a speech that he was “saddened” by individuals in Ghana who chose to support LGBT+ rights.

“It is like some educated are now becoming backward thinkers. I heard some people are against the anti-LGBT+ Bill,” he stated according to Pulse.

“I want the parliamentarians to listen and listen good. It would not be good for all of us because I’ll storm parliament with 10,000 people … I want them to know that it’s not a few people that are supporting Sam George [an MP who jointly submitted the Bill] over the Bill, but that chiefs in this country are strongly behind him,” he continued.
 
“Pastors and majority of Ghanaians are against the LGBT+, saying a man cannot marry man and woman cannot marry a woman because how can they give birth and multiply in the world.
 
“I would have allowed them to marry … with a condition that if they will be killed if they fail to give birth within a year.”
 
Since the proposed legislation was leaked, the United Nations Office for the High Commissioner has condemned the Bill and urged the Ghanian government to reject legislation that they describe as “a textbook example of discrimination.” 
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