Parliament is set to convene and debate on the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021, commonly referred to as the anti-LGBTQ+ bill today, July 5 2023.
The proposed legislation aims to outlaw LGBTQ+ activities and associated conduct. Additionally, it seeks to prohibit the propagation, advocacy, or endorsement of such activities. Moreover, the bill emphasizes the safeguarding and support of children and individuals who may be affected as victims or accused parties involved in LGBTQ+ matters.
Emmanuel Bedzrah, the Member of Parliament representing Ho West and one of the proponents of the bill, expressed optimism during an interview with reporters. Bedzrah voiced his expectations for widespread support among lawmakers from both sides of the political spectrum regarding the passage of this legislation.
“We have agreed with the Speaker, Alban Bagbin and leaders of the house, that the second reading of the bill will be taken today. It is our expectation that after today the consideration will also follow as well. And so we are very optimistic that we will have the reading, which is long overdue.”
“The committee has agreed by consensus that this bill should be passed. And so there will not be any struggle at all. I would have loved that those who are against it should be bold enough and tell Ghanaians, but you will be surprised that everybody will support this bill today,” Member of Parliament for Ho West expressed hope.