Samuel Nartey George, one of the bill’s proponents, has claimed that several US organisations tried to persuade him to drop the effort.
Those organizations, he said, offered him money to convince him.
However, he claims that his participation in the fight for anti-LGBTQ legislation in the country is motivated by his belief that LGBTQI+ behaviours are inappropriate.
He stressed that such actions are incompatible with the country’s cultural values.
On Sunday, May 15, the Ningo-Prampram MP revealed the information in an interview with Citi TV in Accra.
He claimed that the monetary considerations offered to him might have provided for him for the rest of his life.
However, he stated that the offer re-energised him to continue his search.
“On this LGBTQ thing, if it was about making quick money, I could have been sorted out for life. Offers were made. I can show you messages from groups in San Francisco inviting me and saying let’s have a conversation that I should drop the bill. If that was what it was about for me, I could have gotten it sorted out, but you must have principles,” he said.
The lawmaker’s role in the sponsoring of anti-LGBTQ legislation in Ghana has had a number of consequences.
This includes being barred from exchanging cash outside of Ghana due to suspicions of money laundering levelled against him by disgruntled campaign supporters.
“The price I have paid is enormous. I know I may have been put on some international watch lists. You travel, and you get to an international airport, and all kinds of funny questions are asked of you.
“They say I do money laundering and I cannot even change $10 anywhere in the world because of accusations that I’m being funded by some ghost group in the US. I am not being funded. I fund my things from my own pocket,” he added.
The outspoken MP is one of eight members of Parliament who have co-sponsored a private measure to make it illegal to engage in LGBTQI+ activities in the country.
On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, they presented Speaker Alban Bagbin with a measure titled “Bill on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values.”
It is now being considered by Parliament’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee, with the following report to plenary for a decision.
The other members of parliament that joined in presenting the bill include, Emmanuel Bedzrah (MP, Ho West) Della Adjoa Sowah (MP, Kpando), John Ntim Fordjour (MP, Assin South), Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini (MP, Tamale North), Helen Adjoa Ntoso (MP, Krachi West), Rita Naa Odoley Sowah (MP, La Dadekotopon) and Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor (MP, South Dayi).