The Anti-Gay Bill Will Be a Disaster For Ghana Economically If Accepted Into Law — Professor: Professor Larry Diamond, a democracy scholar affiliated with the Hoover Institute and Stanford University, has raised significant apprehensions regarding the recent controversy over Ghana’s Parliament passing an anti-gay bill.

Speaking on Citi TV, Prof. Diamond contended that the anti-gay bill serves as a diversion from addressing issues of poor governance in Ghana.

He queried the rationale behind a segment of the population backing the bill’s enactment and criticized the nation’s emphasis on persecuting a marginalized minority for innate characteristics.

Prof. Diamond deemed it morally unjust for Ghana to subject homosexuals to harassment.

He said “One concern to put it bluntly is the bill parliament has adopted although it’s not transmitted, which I think is a diversion from the real developments of issues facing the country. People have different religious convictions in many ways which is an admirable thing. They have a religious faith that can be resourced, it can be a moral resource if you take it seriously.”

“It can be a source of solace and cooperation, but what’s the aim of prosecuting people who were born and all of the psychological research is showing that the sexual identity is determined by genetics inherent at a very young age,” he stated.

Prof Diamond added “So, picking on people who are gender fluid, lesbians, gays, transgender whatever, what is going to be next? You are going pick on people who are in wheelchairs, who use their left hand to eat, rather than the right hand.

“It’s not morally right I think to beat up on and bully the vulnerable minority this way. It can be a very effective tool for this bullying. To divert attention from bad governance and it’s really not what the great religious figures have in mind when they called for tolerance and all of those children being loved.”

“This act will be a disaster for Ghana economically if passed into law,” he noted.

The anti-gay legislation passed in Parliament on February 28, 2024, criminalizes LGBTQ activities and prohibits their promotion, advocacy, and funding.


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