Anti-Gay bill: Parliament will come out with a responsible response – Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo has expressed confidence in Parliament’s ability to come out with a responsible legislation as far as the proposed anti-gay bill is concerned.
The President believes that any legislation that will come out of the proposed bill will take into account sensitivity to human rights issues as well as “feelings” of the Ghanaian people.
“ I have no doubt that the Parliament will show as it has done in the past, first of all the sensitivity to human rights issues, as well as to the feelings of our population and will come out with a responsible response to the proposed bill,” he said.
The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021 seeks to criminalise LGBTQ+ sexual relationships and associations.
The bill also criminalises directly or indirectly, a wide range of other perceived non-heterosexual conduct, including promotion of and advocacy for activities, promotion of and advocacy for activities directed at a child, Prohibition of funding or sponsorship for prohibited activities among others.
While addressing the press at the Jubilee House on Monday, President Akufo-Addo further disclosed that the Attorney General is currently working to ensure the “constitutionality or otherwise of several of its legislation.”
US Vice President, Kamala Harris in response to questions on whether America will support any country that advances anti-gay laws said the issue of LGBTI is one that she considers to be “a human rights issue.”