Seek proper interpretation of unnatural carnal knowledge in court – Lawyer to LGBTQ

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Private legal Practitioner, Lawyer Nana Obiri Boahene, says calls by a section of the public for an attack on the Gay, Bisexuality, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) office in Accra and harm members is not the way to go.

Law lecturer and anti -Gay rights activist, Moses Foh Amoaning, in 2020,  attributed the increasing number of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) to the failure of successive governments to address the LGBTQ menace in their manifestos.

This statement by the astute lawyer came after a female soldier of the Ghana Armed Forces, Staff Sergeant Vida Owusu, married her lesbian partner in a private ceremony in Accra.

Recently, the LGBTQ+ opened an office to serve as a safe haven for members of the community, a move which has been fiercely opposed by critics of the group including Foe Amoaning.

Critics of the LQBTQ have called on government to shut the office and prevent the group from holding any form of meeting in the office.

Speaking on Atinka FM’s AM Drive with host Kaakyire Ofori Ayim, Private legal Practitioner, Lawyer Nana Obiri Boahene stated that under the criminal code of Ghana having unnatural carnal knowledge of someone is prohibited by the law.

According to him, it will be in the best interest of the LGBTQ to seek proper interpretation of unnatural carnal knowledge in court.

“ Even if the person is your wife, girlfriend, or husband the law will deal with you if you have unnatural carnal knowledge with the person”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Minister Designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection,  Sarah Adwoa Safo says the criminality of LGBTQ is non-negotiable.

She made this comment while speaking to the Appointments Committee in Parliament on Wednesday 17th February 2021.

”The issue of LGBTQ+ is an issue which when mentioned creates some sort of controversies but what I want to say is that our laws are clear on such practices. So the issue Criminality of LGBTQ+ is non negotiable and our cultural practices also  frowns on it and these are two stands on the matter and this is what I stand for”, Adwoa Safo told the appointment Committee. 

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