The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has asked Members of Parliament who are against the Promotion of Proper Sexual Human Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill to make their position known to the House.
His remarks follow comments made by the Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North, Andy Appiah Kubi.
The MP indicated that all MPs are unanimously in support of the Bill.
But the Speaker responded by asking those against the bill to make their intentions known and make suggestions.
“Any member who disagrees with the submission just made by Andy Appiah Kubi that all the 275 are in support of the bill, anybody who is not in support, be on your feet and I will recognise you.”
The Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Committee presented the bill to Parliament on March 31, 2023.
The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021 which was introduced to the House in July 2021 underwent its First Reading by Parliament on Monday 2nd August, 2021.
The proposed legislation which aims to provide for proper human sexual rights and Ghanaian family values seeks to restrict LGBTQ+ communities and any activities related to them.
The new Bill would go much further, criminalising the promotion and funding of LGBTQ+ activities as well as public displays of affection, cross-dressing and more, while campaigning for LGBTQ+ persons on social media or online platforms is also prohibited under the Bill.
The Bill further seeks to provide for protection of and support for children, persons who are victims or accused of LBBTTQQIAAP+ and related activities and other persons and related matters while people advocating the rights of these sexual minorities will also be penalized.
Proponents of the Bill want the promotion, advocacy, funding, and acts of homosexuality to be criminalized in the country saying it is a world-class piece of legislation which should be a reference material for other Parliaments seeking to pass similar legislation.