If Mahama Had Been In Charge, He Would Not Have Signed The Anti-LGBT+ Measure, According To Sister Derby

Deborah Vanessa, often known as Sister Derby, is a human rights activist and musician from Ghana. She has stated that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is using the anti-LGBT+ bill as a political ploy to damage the president’s reputation.

In an interview with YouTuber Kwadwo Sheldon that appeared on March 5, 2024, she hinted that attempts by government authorities to advance the law were not for the benefit of Ghanaians, but rather as a way to damage the president’s standing in the eyes of the world.

She said that if elected, former president John Dramani Mahama would not support the bill.

“The opposition party only wants to make the incumbent president appear terrible, which is the reason. All they want is to ruin his name and place him in a difficult situation.

If Hama had been in charge, he would not have passed this legislation. She added, “I believe he would have caused it to lag.”

Sister Derby provided evidence for her assertions by highlighting the “careful wording” employed by influential NDC members.

She stated that instead of openly endorsing the law, they choose to voice their personal opposition to same-sex unions.

“If you look at their remarks, they haven’t explicitly said that they support the measure. They make really intelligent word choices. They are really picky. They say something like, “My faith opposes same-sex marriage.”

However, no one is requesting same-sex unions. No one is even requesting to get married,” she remarked.

The Ghanaian Parliament has adopted the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, which is a proposed law that needs the President’s signature to become a law.

It includes a number of clauses that would severely restrict the rights of LGBT+ people, including as imprisonment for engaging in same-sex relationships, distributing LGBT+ materials, and joining LGBT+ organizations.

The measure has sparked a contentious debate, with proponents arguing it’s vital to preserve Ghanaian cultural traditions and opponents pointing out possible discrimination and infringement of human rights.

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