According to Akoto Ampaw, a private legal practitioner, most Ghanaians who support the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill are unaware of the full text of the document that has been laid before parliament.
He explained that the majority of Ghanaians support the bill solely because they oppose homosexuality and same-sex activities.
He went on to say that supporters of the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill who read the documents were taken aback.
In an interview with Joy News, he said;
“One of the things about this bill is that most Ghanaians do not like homosexuality so all they hear is that there is a move to ban homosexuality and on that basis, they say ‘We support it’. In fact, many among them, even the educated class, have not read the bill. All they know is that this bill is to prevent homosexual activity.
But the actual provisions of the bill, very few people have read it,”
“If you are a mother and you have a son who is a homosexual, you may not be happy about it but I can tell you apart from really crazy mothers, they’d just have to live with that situation. Now, this law puts a duty on that mother to report her son to the police. This is the duty under this law.
“Is this not extremist? What social good does it promote for a mother to go and report her son because of who he is? How do you justify that?” he quizzed.
Concerning the protection of people who identify as LGBTQ+, Akoto Ampaw stated that the bill’s assurance will only arouse public sentiment and public hatred for homosexuals.
“The provisions which talk about providing protection and so on are hypocritical. Even our police will not be interested in that portion of the law. If the law says homosexuals are to be dealt with like the bill proposes and people beat them, I tell you…”
“If you go and report to the police that you are a homosexual and you have been beaten, they will just look at you and say ‘go away. That scheme of the whole bill is meaningless”, Akoto Ampaw added.