Story: Kwadwo Owusu ADUOMI

Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin has  put to rest the debate over the  whether  the voting on  anti-LGBTQI+ Bill  will be made public or not.

The Speaker on the floor of the  august House yesterday  announced that the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs’ debate on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, popularly known as the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill, will be made public.

Speaking in the House, which reconvened after a three-month break, Mr Bagbin ,said that the  move would  aid in having an honest conversation on the bill devoid of political and religious sentiments.

Mr Bagbin stated that although it  was important to have different opinions and views shape the Bill, people needed  to accommodate the views of others.

“So please let’s allow whether religious bodies civil society, academia or whatever to participate in the deliberations of this house. I know Ghanaians are expectant, and I know we have over 100 petitions before the legal affairs committee.”

“The sitting of the committee will be public, and the decision of this House will be public, we will want to know where each member of parliament stands,” the Speaker added.

 It will be recalled that I In August this year, eight parliamentarians jointly submitted a private bill to push for the criminalisation of LGBTQ+ activities in the country.

The proponents also want the promotion, advocacy, funding, and acts of homosexuality to be forbidden in the country.

Since the controversial bill was made public, opposers have argued that should it be passed into law, it will violate the fundamental human rights of individuals who identify with the group.

Many group’s including religious bodies, lawyers, and educators, have all submitted petitions to support or oppose the bill.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament says the House will not tolerate any attempt to delay the process in getting the bill confirmed or otherwise especially since “the whole world is looking for the outcome.”

Mr Bagbin added that he was convinced the law that would be birthed from the debate will be one that will evenly protect the people, culture and values of the country.

“It is a law that will take into consideration the human rights and freedom that has been guaranteed under our constitution and it is a law that will take into consideration the richness of common sense, human decency morality fact logic. At the end of the day it is da law that will bring and transform this country into something else,” he added.

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