The Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram constituency, Sam George has taken the world through a lesson on gender and sex in defence of natural family.
He posited that the concept of family is backed by national and international human rights laws and treaties including the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Delivering remarks at the 5th Transatlantic Summit organize by the Political Network for Values at the United Nations headquarters, he defended his stance against LGBTQ+ emphasising that family is “extremely sacred”, however, under siege under the pretext of declaration of human rights.
According to him the “pseudo” war against natural family is premised on the obfuscation and literal obliteration of the distinction between sex and gender.
“Sex is a biological construct that transcends race, ethnicity, religion and jurisdictional jurisprudence. Sex is binary – either male or female. Cod determines it at the moment of conception. A foetus carries either the XY or JOK chromosomes, determining whether it is born male or female. From my beloved Ningo-Prampram Constituency in Accra to New York and Rio de Janeiro to Madrid or Delhi to Perth, the interpretation of XY and XX is constant.
“Gender, on the other hand, is a social construct that has evolved on the peculiarities of various societies. From the onset, matching the binary nature of sexes, we see different recognitions of gender across the world today, there is no universality in the concept of gender as gender is highly fluid, and as such, gender cannot form the bash for any convention, covenant or treaty which seeks to be globally acceptable and binding.”
Taking the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights to his advantage, the Ghanaian lawmaker who is a sponsor of the anti-LGBTQ+ bill said, “in Article 2 the Rights and freedoms outlined in the Declaration and is clear that there shall be no distinction based on SEX, Yes, It says SEX, not gender. This is definite and must be defended by all progressive forces.
“The Declaration in Article 16(1) makes yet another actual position that I cherish and implore in all to hold fast and dear, that the right to marry and found a family shall be between men and women of full age without prejudice to their race, nationality or religion, Men and women, it says. Yet again, this is another reinforcement of the principle of sex and not gender.”
He continued, “As a proud African, Article 3 of our African Charter on Human and People’s Rights also echoes the principles of enjoyment of rights without prejudice to SEX and not gender. As Africans, the role of the family is cardinal to our society and its well-being. To reinforce this, Article 15 of the Charter recognises the family as society’s natural unit and basis.
“It imposes a responsibility on Member States to protect the physical health and morals of the family. It declares the family as the custodian of morals and traditional values recognised by the community. There is no ambiguity here that the values of family as a union between a natural born man and woman must be protected by us all.”
He delivered the speech on Friday, November 17, 2023 in New York