The upcoming Easter season in Ghana may see the passage of the highly debated Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, according to the bill’s chief proponent, Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Samuel Nartey George.
During an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, George revealed that the bill, currently undergoing amendments with input from various stakeholders, is nearing the end of the consideration process.
George, the primary advocate for the proposed legislation, stated, “In fact, during the first session of the upcoming meeting, scheduled to run from the 6th of February to the end of March or early April, we believe that we should pass the bill before Easter. I think it is something we should give as an Easter gift from Parliament to the nation. So we would strive to work with the speaker and the committee chair.”
The bill seeks to outlaw LGBTQ+ and associated activities, criminalize the promotion or advocacy for LGBTQ+ activities, and establish measures for the safeguarding and assistance of children and individuals affected by or accused of engaging in LGBTQ+ and related activities.
Among the proposed punishments, the bill aims to make same-sex sexual relationships, including oral and anal activities, punishable with imprisonment, carrying penalties ranging from five to 10 years.
The controversial legislation has sparked intense debate in Ghana, with proponents arguing for the protection of traditional values, while opponents criticize it as a violation of human rights.
As parliamentary proceedings on the bill continue, the nation awaits the outcome with heightened attention and ongoing discussions.