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Imprisoning gays is not going to solve any problem – Catholic Bishops Conference

Reverend Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, the President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has slammed the jail punishments in the recently passed anti-LGBTQI bill.

Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference

He said imprisoning individuals who identify as homosexuals would only escalate the problem instead of solving it.

In an interview on Accra-based Citi FM, Rev Gyamfi reiterated the church’s support for the passage of the bill, however, he said that there was a need for a review of the sanctions.

He emphasized the need for more reformative and corrective sanctions.

“We think that in the case of this particular law and the way it is being implemented, being placed in prison as the punishment that they have chosen, it is not going to solve the problem. Because you see if you round up same-sex people and you know our prisons, they are going to end up in the same room and what is going to prevent them from going through these activities in the prison?

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“And you are not going to put them there forever because they are going to be there for three months to six months. And then they practice this and come out as more experts at it than when you sent them there. Then you release them back into society. So, what is going to happen?

“That is why we were concerned about a punishment that will correct them, that will reform them. So if the government is going this way or if the parliament is going this way that is why we are suggesting that in the prison there, they should add more of the corrective and reformative measures,” he stated.

On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, Parliament passed the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values bill, commonly referred to as the anti-LGBTQ bill. This legislation criminalizes LGBTQ activities, encompassing their promotion, advocacy, and funding.

Individuals found guilty could face a jail term ranging from six months to three years, while promoters and sponsors of these activities could face a three-to-five-year jail term.

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