Parliament accepts motion on anti-gay bill; next is consideration then passage

The motion put up by the Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Committee on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill has been adopted by parliament.

This occurred after the Bill went through its second reading on July 5th, Wednesday.

Following the completion of the motion’s second reading, members of the House were given the opportunity to engage in debate on the topic by the Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Amoako Asiamah.

Parliament accepts motion on anti-gay bill; next is consideration then passage

The activities of lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) individuals were referred to as “madness” by the Minister of Local Government, Decentralization, and Rural Development, Dan Botwe, who was one of the participants that participated in the discussion and made a contribution to it.

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He claimed that it is an evil force that should not be allowed to take root in the country and grow stronger.

In his view, the country ought to continue to practice “eternal vigilance” even after the Bill has been passed into law.

Deputy Minority Chief Whip Ahmed Ibrahim paid glowing tributes to pioneering advocates against homosexuals. As examples, he cited Apostle Opoku Onyinah, the former Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, and Moses Foh-Amoaning, the Executive Secretary of the National Coalition of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values. Deputy Minority Chief Whip Ahmed Ibrahim also praised the work of other pioneering advocates against homosexuals.

He voiced his disapproval of the Ghana Aids Commission’s stance against the Bill.

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma West, and Murtal Ibrahim Mohammed, the MP for Tamale Central, got into a heated argument on Wednesday, which temporarily halted the proceedings.

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Sit-in The exchanges were to be recorded in the minutes by the clerk per the instructions of the Speaker, Andy Asiamah.

In the end, the Member of Parliament for Fomena supported passing the resolution on to the subsequent stage, which is deliberation prior to the conclusion of Third Reading on the floor.

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