Recently, the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill, a key piece of legislation intended to advance human sexual rights and family values, was approved by Ghana’s Parliament, garnering substantial attention.

The measure, which sparked a great deal of discussion and controversy, represents a turning point in Ghana’s legal and social environment.

The Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill criminalizes various aspects of LGBTQ+ activities, including advocacy, promotion, and funding, within Ghanaian society. Offenders face imprisonment, with steeper penalties for promoters and sponsors of such acts.

People who participate in LGBTQ+ activities may be imprisoned for six months to three years, while those who support or fund them may receive sentences of three to five years.

Parliament Passes Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill
Parliament Passes Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill

Reactions and Criticism

The United States conveyed grave concerns regarding the law and cautioned against its ability to jeopardize constitutional liberties and harm Ghana’s standing abroad.

With consequences for investment and trade in the nation, the measure has generated discussion on a global scale.

Virginia Palmer, the US ambassador to Ghana, expressed worries concerning the bill’s effects on human rights and Ghana’s future economic opportunities.

Parliament Passes Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill
Virginia Palmer

The law was thoroughly examined and debated in Parliament before its approval. Certain phrases, especially those about press freedom and editorial policies, were amended to guarantee compliance with constitutional standards.

Sam Nartey George, the Ningo-Prampram member of parliament, has pleaded with President Akufo-Addo to enact the law as soon as possible.

He emphasized the significance of the president’s backing while highlighting the MPs’ consensus in favor of the law. He also thanked his fellow members of parliament, highlighting their crucial contribution to the bill’s passing.

Parliament Passes Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill
Sam Nartey George

Oppositions and Legal Threats

Human rights organizations and LGBTQ+ advocacy groups have condemned the bill, arguing that it violates the basic rights and freedoms protected by the Constitution.

According to them, legal action is imminent if President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo approves the bill. Some legislators have suggested alternatives to imprisonment, such as rehabilitation.

Moses Foh Amoaning, Executive Secretary of the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, has stated his readiness to face opponents of the bill in court.

He highlighted the rationale behind the law that makes engaging in LGBTQ+ activities illegal and expressed assurance in his ability to provide proof to back up the bill.

Parliament Passes Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill
Mr. Moses Foh Amoaning

As Ghana awaits the President’s decision on the bill, the debate surrounding LGBTQ+ rights continues to unfold.

The outcome of this legislative move will not only shape the future of LGBTQ+ individuals in Ghana but also impact the nation’s international standing and commitment to human rights principles.

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