Parliament likely to debate anti-LGBTQ+ bill this week
Debate on the anti-LGBT bill, officially titled the Promotion of Proper Sexual Human Rights and Ghanaian Family Values, is expected to take place in Parliament this week.
The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, clarified last Friday that the second reading of the bill could not proceed as directed by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.
This was due to the absence of the Chairman and Ranking Member on the Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Committee.
The bill aims to criminalize LGBTQ+ and related activities, prohibit the promotion, advocacy, or dissemination of LGBT content, and provide protection and support for children and individuals involved in such activities.
According to the Majority Leader, the absence of key committee members prevented progress on the bill. However, he expressed hope that significant headway would be made in the upcoming week when the Chairman and Ranking Member return and collaborate to advance the bill.
The debate surrounding the anti-LGBT bill has sparked significant controversy and differing opinions within Ghanaian society. Supporters argue that the bill is necessary to uphold traditional Ghanaian family values and protect the moral fabric of the country. On the other hand, critics and human rights advocates view the bill as discriminatory, infringing upon the rights and dignity of the LGBTQ+ community.
The outcome of the parliamentary debate will shape the future trajectory of the bill and its potential impact on the LGBTQ+ community and human rights in Ghana.