Ghana’s Anti-Gay Bill Public Hearing Suspended

Public hearings on the Anti-LGBTQ+ bill have been halted by Parliament’s Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee.

During the first public hearing on Thursday, supporters of the law said that it represented the majority of Ghanaians’ opinions on the issue, while opponents argued that it violates human rights and goes against Ghana’s traditional values.

The writers of over 150 memoranda on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values bill are due to be heard by the Committee.

Chairman of the Committee Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, who closed the first session of public hearings on Thursday [November 11, 2021], claimed time constraints as the cause for the proceedings’ suspension.

“We haven’t finished with the public hearings. There are other memoranda that we have received but we are constrained with time and we cannot predict what time we would have to meet and continue,” he said.

Meanwhile, Samuel George, a Ningo-Prampram MP, who is one of the bill’s sponsors, hailed the first day of public hearings on the measure as “pleasing.”

“I think it was a good day. Everyone had their say and democracy won. Ghana continues to be a beacon of the African continent. I am reliably informed that in many European countries where Private Members are laid, the public does not have the opportunity to send in memos talk of public presentation as it was done. So I think this is a feather in our cap as a people.”

The anti-gay bill presently pushed for its passing into law has left the country divided. It is said that the bill reflects the wishes of majority of Ghanaians while the supposed minority who are against the bill are fighting against and like every decision making time there are those seated on the fence and ready to ‘go with the flow’

The drafting of the bill has attracted a lot of attention from the West who are champions of human rights and it is believed the bill seeks to infringe upon the rights of the minority.

It is rumoured that the MPs pushing for the bill to be passed into law are already facing the repercussions of their actions as some of them have been denied visas to countries which support LGBTQ+ and seek for its promotion. Little is known about the possible effects passing the bill into law could have on the country but there are those who suggest should the country persist in endeavours, it could risk being b

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