Parliament votes in favor of ‘Anti-LGBTQ+’ Bill

Parliament of Ghana, on Wednesday 5th July, 2023, reached a unanimous decision to vote in favor of the ‘Anti-LGBTQ+’ bill.

On Wednesday, 5th July, 2023, the Ghanaian parliament reached a unanimous consensus to pass the ‘Anti-LGBTQ+’ bill, which will abolish and criminalize all homosexual activities, whilst promoting proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family values Bill, 2022.

The purpose of this bill is to promote proper human sexual activities, which is considered the ‘proper’ way of sexual engagements in the Ghanaian settings and Ghanaian Family system, whilst prohibiting and criminalizing lesbianism, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer related activities.

However, the bill, despite the legislative unanimous decision, it now goes under consideration, which is considered as the third stage. At this stage, the bill will be read again in parliament and allow for debates and other considerations before it is passed into law.

When Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Bagbin, put the motion and the question before the parliament, during yesterday’s sitting, asking which of the 275 Members of parliament frowned on the adoption of the ‘Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values’ Bill, the members of parliament voted in favor of the passage of the bill, with none standing up or voting against it.

MP for Ningo-Prampram constituency, Honorable Sam George, who has been at the for-front of this bill, advocating for it’s passage, yesterday adding up to the debate on the motion said: “The danger of homosexuality is grave. Persons who are homosexuals or trans genders from statistics from the CDS have at least six times higher rate of obesity, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts than heterosexual people.” He further added that homosexuality has a consequence on the health bill of Ghana and public health and Ghanaians cannot turn a blind eye to it.

Many Ghanaians have expressed great joy in regards to the decision if parliament to pass this bill and curb homosexuality, as most of the citizenry have vehemently stood against it, with the point that homosexuality is not natural and it goes against the system and the culture of the Ghanaian community. In essence, the unanimous decision by parliament has been very much welcomed by citizens of the country.

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