The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has warned Parliament to pass the anti-LGBTQ bill by October or be prepared to face a storm of demonstrators from members of its churches.
President of the Council, Reverend Professor Paul Frimpong-Manso, made the call during a farewell service held for Reverend Dr Emmanuel Barrigah, the immediate past General Secretary of the GPCC, in Accra.
According to him, the council would mobilise and hit the streets if the august body fails to pass the bill into law despite the herculean efforts the church expended into supporting the bill.
“I wish to use this opportune platform to remind Government and in particular, the leadership of Parliament and its Select Committee, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs that GPCC would not hesitate to call its members onto the streets should they fail to pass the Bill into law by the end of October 2022,” Reverend Professor Paul Frimpong-Manso said.
“We want that bill passed,” he reiterated.
The anti-LGBTQI bill also known as the “Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill,” is a private members bill, currently before Parliament which seeks to criminalise all anti-LGBTQ activities in the country.
Following a heavy public debate with majority support from the populace, information about its fate in the house has gone scant.
The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) is a faith-based organisation and the umbrella body of over 200 Pentecostal and Charismatic Christian church denominations and para-church organisations in Ghana.
It was established in 1969 but registered and recognised as a legal entity in 1971 to pursue the unity of the body of Christ, to propagate the gospel and to meet the spiritual and socio-economic needs of its members and Ghanaians in general.