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What Akufo-Addo wants to do before he signs Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

2 months ago
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he will only assent to the controversial anti-LGBTQ+ Bill after a Supreme Court ruling on the issue. 

The president in his responses to the bill said the outcome of the court's decision would determine whether or not the bill passed by Parliament will become law.

“I am aware that last week’s bi-partisan passage by Parliament of the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, on a Private Member’s motion, has raised considerable anxieties in certain quarters of the diplomatic community and amongst some friends of Ghana that she may be turning her back on her, hitherto, enviable, longstanding record on human rights observance and attachment to the rule of law. I want to assure you that no such back-sliding will be con-templated or occasioned.

“I think it will serve little purpose to go, at this stage, into the details of the origin of this proposed law, which is yet to reach my desk. But, suffice it to say, that I have learnt that, today, a challenge has been mounted at the Supreme Court by a concerned citizen to the constitutionality of the proposed legislation.

“In the circumstances, it would be, as well, for all of us to hold our hands, and await the decision of the Court before any action is taken. The operation of the institutions of the Ghanaian state will determine the future trajectory of the rule of law and human rights compliance in our country.” President Akufo-Addo said at the New Year greetings event with members of the Diplomatic Corps at Peduase.

Parliament approved the bill that criminalizes LGBTQ+ activities, as well as their promotion, advocacy, and funding.

Those found guilty could face a jail term ranging from 6 months to 3 years, while those promoting and sponsoring the act could face a jail term between 3 to 5 years.

source: Theannouncergh.com