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Will Akufo Addo Assent anti-LGBT Bill? – Pressure mounts of President after Parliament’s Passage.

Parliament has passed the bill on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values also known as the anti-LGBTQ bill.

The bill proscribes LGBT activities and criminalizes its promotion, advocacy and funding.

Persons caught in the act would be subjected to a 6months to 3year jail term with promoters and sponsors of the act bearing a 3 to 5year jail term.

Article 106 (7) of the 1992 Constitution provides that, “Where a bill passed by Parliament is presented to the President for assent lie shall signify, within seven days after the presentation, to the Speaker that he assents to the bill or that he refuses to assent to the bill, unless the bill has been referred by the President to the Council of State under article 90 of this Constitution”.

It is recalled that on Saturday, February 27, 2021, President Akufo Addo reiterated that same-sex marriage will not be legalized in Ghana.

Speaking at the installation of the second Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Ghana at Asante Mampong in the Ashanti Region.

However, the Board Chair of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, has called on President Akufo-Addo to reject the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values bill.

Prof. Gadzekpo argued that the bill undermines fundamental human rights protected by the Constitution, including the rights to dignity, freedom of speech and association, procession participation, academic freedom, equality, and non-discrimination.

After the approval, the lead proponent of the bill on Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, Samuel Nartey George hopes that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would fulfil his promise by signing the bill into law.

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