Speaker Reveals When Anti-LGBT Bill Will Be Passed
Speaker of Parliament, Alban SK Bagbin has reveled that the anti-LGBT Bill currently before parliament will be passed before Ghana’s next general elections. This follows a directive by the Speaker to the Committee working on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill to expedite works in presenting
its report to the house for a debate. Speaking at a media engagement, Mr Bagbin stated that “the sexual rights and human values Bill that is being handled by the committee will definitely be passed before the next elections. That Bill will go through.” However, the Minority in Parliament had accused the Committee of deliberately
delaying work on the Bill and threatened to block the passage of government Bills if the anti-LGBT Bill was not worked on speedily. Though reports shows that most Ghanaians are in favour of the Bill but it has faced criticism from renowned activists and academics. The Bill prescribes that people of the same sex who engage in sexual
activity could spend up to 10 years in jail. Varying forms of support for the LGBTQ+ community will also be criminalized if the Bill is passed into law. It has, however, generated some widespread conversation, with many expressing varied views about some clauses in the document. “When we talk about sexual rights, we are
talking about things that will add value to human beings by way of creating opportunities and equal playing ground in giving privileges and rights to everyone and removing all the restrictions and hurdles to make people freer. That is what we call human rights, whatever negates this is not a human right”, the Speaker of Parliament
added. Following the heated conversations amidst pressure on Parliament to pass the Bill, there have been speculations that MPs who support the Bill may be denied some privileges from members of the international community. Several persons and institutions have also filed memoranda in support of the Bill and to help fine-tune
it. A number of renowned legal, academic and civil society professionals have also filed documents challenging the legislation. In the memorandum, they contend that the Bill is an “impermissible invasion of the inviolability of human dignity.” They further argued that pushing through the Bill will be to challenge Ghana’s constitution and democracy. But the lawmaker for Ningo-Prampram Constituency, Samuel Nartey George who happens to be one of the sponsors of the Bill has insisted that the bill will be passed no matter what.