The Anti-LGBT Bill which has generated a lot of discussions among Ghanaians has been laid in Parliament.
The Bill, titled, “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021”, has gone through the first reading in Parliament.
The Bill, among others, seeks to strengthen and augment existing legislation on the country’s penal code which criminalizes consensual “unnatural carnal knowledge” with people over the age of 16 years, section paragraph 1 and 7 of section 104 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) as amended by Act 646 of 2003.
The bill is expected to ensure that people who engage in homosexual activity could be fined or go to jail for between three to five years.
The law would also make it a crime for any person to identify as a lesbian, gay, transgender, transsexual, queer, pansexual or non-binary (LGBTQ ) and would be punishable by five years in prison.
Besides, advocating for LGBQ rights would also be illegal under the bill, with activists facing jail sentences of between five and ten years.
Speaking on Yagbon radio morning show “TeaCup”, on October 11, 2021, Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress for the Bole- Bamboi constituency Mr Bashiru Amantana indicated that the LGBTQ movement is alien to the Ghanaian culture and not welcomed in the community on any terms.
“It is a non Ghanaian culture, it is something that is alien, a barbaric act and not part of the Ghanaian cultural values and is not supposed to be encouraged” he told host Abdul Fataw.
He went further to debunk the human rights aspect of the argument and indicated it is not anybody’s right to have same sex relationship with his fellow human being.