June 16, 2024

The Eye Of Africa

It’s not right to punish someone for being gay – Deputy majority leader

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The Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, is in favor of not making homosexuality a crime. He mentioned that as a Catholic, he agrees with the Catholic Church’s stance. The church believes that while same-sex marriage goes against African culture, it’s also not right to punish someone just for their sexual orientation.

Afenyo-Markin spoke about this in an interview with TV3’s parliamentary reporter. He said that as a Catholic, he follows the church’s position. The church believes that it’s wrong to criminalize someone just because they’re gay or lesbian. They think it’s important to respect people’s sexual orientation, even if it’s different from what some people consider to be the norm.

In line with what Cardinal Peter Turkson recently said. He’s the chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences. In an interview on the BBC, Cardinal Turkson mentioned that being gay or lesbian is not a crime. He emphasized that there’s no reason to punish or criminalize someone for their sexual orientation.

Cardinal Turkson explained that to make something a crime, there needs to be an actual crime committed. But being gay or lesbian is not a crime in itself. So, he believes that it’s unfair and unnecessary to treat LGBTQ+ individuals as criminals just because of who they are.


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