Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, a member of parliament representing Ablekuma West and the minister of communications, has given her support to the anti-LGBTQI bill that is presently in the legislature.
She stated that the bill’s criminalization of sex toys shouldn’t be taken into consideration.
The MP claims that heterosexual couples who use sex toys to improve their sex lives will unintentionally be impacted by the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021’s clause 3(c), which criminalizes using sex toys.
The bill’s clause 3(c) forbids sexual relations between a woman and an inanimate object or between a man and one.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament, Ursula Owusu stated that if the House intends to criminalize sex toys, then it must be made clear that the bill targets everyone, not just members of the LGBT community.
The proposed amendment in 3(c) may have unintended consequences, as we brought up during the committee’s deliberations. This is because sexual activity involving a man or woman and an inanimate object would inevitably involve using various aids that a couple may use to enhance their sexual experience.
Furthermore, I’m not sure if this bill is intended to achieve that goal. Sex toys and other devices that couples—especially heterosexual couples—use to improve their sex lives would unavoidably be included.
Therefore, if that is the intention of the House, we must be aware that we might be criminalizing actions that may not only target the LGBTQI communities that this bill is intended to benefit but also straight couples who use sex enhancement devices to improve their sexual experience.
“So we need to be mindful of the unintended consequences of 3(c), and I’ll propose that 3(c) be deleted from this amendment,” she said.
If approved, the Ghanaian Family Values Bill and the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights would make it illegal to identify as gay, transgender, or queer, with a maximum five-year prison sentence.
It is anticipated that the Parliament’s decision will put an end to the heated discussion regarding the legalization or not of LGBTQI+ people in Ghana.