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Majority Leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has said that it is out of place for the Speaker, Alban Bagbin, to have made a predetermination concerning the “Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values 2021” bill. According to him, the Speaker is technically not a Parliamentarian and thus cannot make such a commitment on behalf of Parliament. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu made this known at a press briefing organised by the Majority Caucus in Parliament to address issues surrounding the anti-LGBT bill. He said, “the Speaker cannot commit parliament, the Speaker can make a referral to Parliament which will be programmed by the business committee for consideration. “I’ll find it difficult if we have a Speaker who as part of his own antecedent as a former member of parliament says that parliament is going to pass the bill. It’s a bit of difficulty unless I didn’t hear well.” “I’m not saying parliament is not going to pass it, but the speaker should not make a predetermination for the house because he’s not a Member of Parliament and this is the business of Parliament,” he added. The proponents of the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values 2021 bill are seeking to criminalise the LGBTQ community in Ghana. Should it be passed, persons who identify as LGBTQ and or engage in the said practice could face up to five years imprisonment. LGBT activists could also face up to a 10-year-jail time. Portions of the bill proposed that “a person who, by use of media, technological platform, technological account or any other means, produces, procures, markets, broadcasts, disseminates, publishes or distributes a material for purposes of promoting an activity prohibited under the Bill, or a person uses an electronic device, the Internet service, a film, or any other device capable of electronic storage or transmission to produce, procure, market, broadcast, disseminate, publishes or distribute a material for purposes of promoting an activity prohibited under the Bill, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a term of imprisonment of not less than five years and not more than ten years.” Proponents say they have the overwhelming support of Ghanaians, one of the reasons why they are pushing that it be passed expeditiously. However, the legislation faces stiff opposition as the Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs has received over 120 memos geared towards shaping the bill.

‘We’ll do everything to support passage of anti-LGBTQI+ bill’ – Anglican Church GhanaThe Anglican Church of Ghana has said it is in full support of the passage of the Proper Human Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill into law. The church has thus said it will do anything within its powers and mandate to ensure the passage of the Bill. It made this known in a press release issued and signed by the Most Rev. Dr. Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith, the Metropolitan Archbishop on Friday, October 8, 2021. According to the church, the activities of LGBTQI+ are “unbiblical and ungodly”. It added that it sees the LGBTQI+ as unrighteous in the sight of God. “We, the House of Bishops representing the Anglican Church, Ghana (Internal Province of Ghana) have thrown our weight behind the anti-gay (LGBTQI+) Bill currently before the House of Parliament, Ghana. Our support is borne out of the belief that LGBTQI+ “is unbiblical and ungodly’’. “We see LGBTQI+ as unrighteousness in the sight of God, and therefore will do anything within our powers and mandate to ensure that the bill comes into fruition. We further state that, aside from Christianity, the Ghanaian tradition and culture do not permit such acts. This is about morality today and that of the future generation yet unborn.” Similarly, some Christian leaders have submitted a memorandum to Parliament on the Proper Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill. The Church of Pentecost and its Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, as well as Apostle Dr. Aaron Ami-Narh, President of the Apostolic Church, Ghana, were part of the delegation that gathered 15,000 signatures to express strong support for the bill. The memorandum was presented to Parliament’s Committee for Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Meanwhile, the Church of Pentecost has also vowed to campaign vigorously against parliamentarians should they not see to it that the Bill is passed into law with immediate effect. The Church believes the Members of Parliament (MPs) owe Ghanaians the moral duty to pass laws in the interest of the majority, hence, the Proper Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill brought before the house must be treated with the urgency it deserves.

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