General News Tue, 12 Oct 2021

Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill: We won't disappoint you; discussions will be open to media - Majority assures Ghanaians

The Majority Leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Suame constituency, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has said Parliament will not disappoint the people with regard to the anti-LGBTQI+ bill which is currently before the House.

He emphasized that no Member of Parliament will be against the principle of the bill.

The Majority Leader gave the assurance this morning at a press conference held by the Majority Caucus of Parliament.

He expressed delight over the high public interest generated in the bill and pleaded with the public to demonstrate the same high interest in other bills which will appear before the House such as the Property rights of spouses bill.

Hon Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the bill will be considered in line with provisions of the Constitution and made particular reference to article 125 of the 1992 Constitution which states that justice emanates from the people.

Calls for Live Telecast

On the issue of live telecast of debate on the bill, he said proceedings of Parliament on the floor has always been done in the full glare of the media and added that discussion on the bill in Parliament will be done in the same manner.

The Majority Leader urged the public to be dispassionate when discussing the LGBTQI+ issue.

Speaker cannot determine passage

On a comment reported to have been made by the Speaker, Rt Hon Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin that Parliament will pass the anti-LGBTQI+ bill, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the Speaker cannot decide for the House, as he is not a Member of Parliament.

Adding his voice to comments made by the Majority Leader, Hon Frank Annoh-Dompreh, the Majority Whip said the Majority caucus fully supports the anti-LGBTQI+ bill which is currently before the House.

Anti-LGBTQI+ bill

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 said practice could face up to five years imprisonment.

LGBT activists could also face up to 10-year-jail time.
Source: peacefmonline.com
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