Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ghana’s Minister for Communications, has expressed her support for an anti-LGBTQ+ Bill currently being debated in Parliament. She believes that the proposed legislation reflects the overall sentiment of Ghanaians. The Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs presented its report on the bill, initiating discussions from both sides of the aisle.
During her submission, the minister emphasized the importance of aligning the law with the country’s constitution. While she acknowledged that same-sex relations are currently widely objected to, she speculated that in the future, some Ghanaians may accept it. However, she noted that neither she nor the current generation would witness such a change.
On July 5, Parliament commenced debate on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021, commonly known as the anti-LGBTQ+ bill. This proposed legislation aims to criminalize LGBTQ+ activities, prohibit their promotion or advocacy, and ensure the protection and support of affected individuals, particularly children.
The bill received unanimous support as the Speaker requested dissenting Members of Parliament to express their views by standing.