MP Francis Xavier Sosu Calls For Compassionate Approach In Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation

MP Francis Xavier Sosu Calls For Compassionate Approach In Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation
Francis Xavier Sosu

Written by Afua Amankwanowa


Francis Xavier Sosu, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament representing Madina, has expressed strong opposition to the proposed punitive measures targeting homosexuals in the anti-gay bill. In an interview conducted in Accra, Sosu conveyed his dismay over the notion of incarcerating individuals solely based on their sexual orientation. Instead, he advocated for the implementation of community service as a more constructive approach to deterrence.


Sosu emphasized the ethical and moral concerns surrounding the imprisonment of individuals due to their sexual preferences. He argued that resorting to community service would not only serve as a means of punishment but also as a mechanism for social reintegration. In Ghanaian society, where community values hold significant weight, Sosu suggested that community sentencing could potentially carry a greater deterrent effect compared to custodial sentences.


Furthermore, Sosu underscored the need for a nuanced approach to sentencing, one that considers the severity of the offense and the potential for rehabilitation. He proposed that alongside community service, fines and custodial sentences could be imposed, with judges being granted the discretion to assess each case individually.


The bill in question, formally known as the Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2024, was unanimously approved by Parliament on February 28th. Sosu's stance reflects broader debates within Ghanaian society regarding the balance between upholding traditional values and respecting the rights and dignity of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation.

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