Constitutional and Legal Affairs C’ttee resumes public hearing of LGBTQI+ Bill today

The Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament is set to resume its public hearing of the memoranda it has received on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values 2021 Bill.

About eight persons or organisations are expected to appear before the Committee today to make their presentations, after which further interrogations will follow.

The Committee suspended its sittings barely 24 hours after the first hearing from petitioners on the Bill on Thursday, November 11, 2021.

After the first session of the public hearing, the Chairman of the Committee, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, indicated that they had to suspend it due to time constraints.

Over 140 memos have been presented to the Committee so far regarding the Bill.

The Bill, if passed in its current state, will criminalise Lesbianism, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and their related activities.

Appearing before the Committee during the first hearing on Thursday, November 11, 2021, the Concerned Ghanaian Citizens, a group opposing the passage of the Bill, described it as a violation of human rights.

They stressed that the Bill will promote hate against persons belonging to the LGBTQ+ communities.

Spokesperson for the group, Akoto Ampaw, accused the Speaker of violating the constitution by allowing the Bill to be introduced in Parliament.

He called on the house to reject the passage of the Bill.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has called for the swift passage of the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021, into law.

Other groups that appeared before the Committee on the first day of the hearing included the Human Rights Coalition, Amnesty International and Advocates for Christ.

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