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I am strongly against LGBTQ – John Mahama

Former President John Mahama, the leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC),has declared he is insincerely against LGBTQ.

Speaking to a group of religious leaders in the Eastern Region, the former president made it apparent where he stood on the contentious issue.

“I believe in my faith, and my faith is against LGBTQ; I am an Assemblies of God member,” he said, adding, “This is because the faith I have does not support gay marriages.”

Thus, the former president urged the government to cooperate with parliament in order to guarantee the passage of the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, a private member’s bill that is presently pending in the parliament.

President Akufo-Addo’s pledge to sign the LGBTQ bill, however, has come under scrutiny from former President Mahama.

“Government will not assent to the [LGBTQ] bill, which is yet to be passed. The government, through the Attorney General, has made it clear that a private member’s bill due to its financial implications will not be assent to even when it is passed,” former president Mahama added.

The former president proposed, in the meanwhile, that the executive and legislative branches cooperate to guarantee the removal of some fiscally burdensome clauses.

“Parliament and the executive can review the bill and where it puts a charge on the government and remove the same,” the NDC presidential candidate stated.

“This opens the way for the president to be happy to sign the agreement. So I do not support LGBTQ. A man is a man, and a woman is a woman,” he reiterated.