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Parliament Set to Discuss Controversial Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill in Today’s Session

Today, July 5, the Ghanaian Parliament is set to engage in a debate regarding the “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 and any form of promotion or advocacy for such rights. Additionally, it seeks to provide support and protection for children and individuals who are involved in or accused of LGBTQ+ activities.

Emmanuel Bedzrah, the Member of Parliament for Ho West and one of the bill’s proponents, shared his optimism about garnering support from lawmakers on both sides of the house. He mentioned that the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, and other leaders have agreed to prioritize the bill’s second reading, which is long overdue. Bedzrah expressed confidence that the bill’s passage will be smooth, as the committee has reached a consensus in favor of its approval. He also noted that those opposed to the bill might not openly voice their dissent, hinting at broad support among parliamentarians.

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