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The minority in Parliament has threatened to stop government bills from being passed if the anti-LGBTQI bill is not worked on quickly in the house.
The Chairman of the committee working on the bill has been accused of deliberately slowing down work on the bill, with no clear sign of progress more than a year after its introduction.
On June 8, 2022, Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak spoke on the floor of the house and said that the bill needed to be taken care of quickly.
“According to the constitution, when a bill is introduced and sent to a committee, the committee can’t take more than three months,” Mubarak said.
Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, who is in charge of the committee working on the bill, has explained why work on the bill has been slow.
“I’d like to bring to the attention of the House that the committee is working on several bills. We had one meeting behind closed doors last week, and we’ve asked the people who support this bill to come to more.
“Honorable Bedzrah was at these meetings, so it was strange that the same person who knew what the committee was doing said that the committee wasn’t doing anything about the bill. I want to make it clear that the committee is on the right track as far as bills go.”
On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, Speaker Alban Bagbin was given the Bill on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values.
The Bill says that people of the same sex who do sexual things could go to jail for up to 10 years.
If the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 becomes law, different ways of helping the LGBTQ+ community will also be illegal.
Members of Parliament Sam George, Emmanuel Bedzrah (MP, Ho West), Della Adjoa Sowah (MP, Kpando), John Ntim Fordjour (MP, Assin South), Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini (MP, Tamale North), Helen Adjoa Ntoso (MP, Krachi West), Rita Naa Odoley Sowah (MP, La Dadekotopon), and Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor presented (MP, South Dayi).