The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bills, 2021 (Anti-LGBT bill) has been referred to parliament’s committee on constitutional, legal and affairs for consideration and report.
This comes after the second reading of the bill on the floor of parliament.
According to a statement by the Parliament of Ghana, dated September 15, the Criminal Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2021 as well as the Office of the Special Prosecutor (Amendment) Bill, 2021, have also been referred for consideration and report.
The memoranda is expected to reach the committee not later than Thursday, 30th September 2021.
“The Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs wishes to bring to the attention of the General Public that the under listed Bills have been laid in Parliament and referred to the Committee for consideration and report: 1. Criminal Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2021. II. Office of the Special Prosecutor (Amendment) Bill, 2021. III. Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bills, 2021,” the statement said.
The proposed Anti-LGBT bill which has sparked controversial conversations in the country and the world over could see LGBTQ community members imprisoned between five to 10 years for identifying or advocating for their rights.
If the bill is passed, people of the same sex who engage in sexual activity could be fined or jailed for between three to five years.
Thus, it would be punishable by five years in prison for any person to identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, transsexual, queer, pansexual or non-binary (someone who doesn’t identify as male or female).
The bill was submitted to Ghana’s parliament in June 2021 and is being championed by Ningo Prampram MP, Sam George and other legislators.