Prominent Researcher Takes Legal Action Against Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament Over Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill
Dr. Amanda Odoi, a well-known researcher, has filed a lawsuit against Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament in Ghana, accusing him of contempt for allowing the House to proceed with the controversial anti-LGBTQ+ bill despite pending legal challenges.
The legal action, brought before the Supreme Court, seeks sanctions against Bagbin, alleging his disregard for court processes. Dr. Odoi argues that Bagbin’s actions demonstrate a clear contempt for both the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and the court process.
The court documents highlight the Speaker’s repeated violations and complete disregard for these fundamental elements of Ghana’s legal framework. They further assert that Bagbin’s intentional and ongoing disregard for the court process justifies sanctions for contempt in the public interest and to uphold the dignity of the Court.
The documents point out that by directing or causing Parliament to proceed with the Second Reading of the bill, despite being aware of the pending lawsuit and the related interlocutory injunction application, Bagbin has shown disrespect for the authority of the Court.
Dr. Odoi’s legal action is one of two cases in which citizens have sued the Speaker of Parliament and the Attorney General concerning the anti-LGBTQ+ bill.
The legislation has generated intense debate and controversy, with stakeholders expressing divergent views on its merits and potential implications.
This latest development further deepens the ongoing discourse surrounding the anti-LGBTQ+ bill, as its supporters and opponents continue to grapple with the possible consequences and societal impact of the proposed legislation.