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Speaker of Ghana parliament stymies plans for ‘worst anti-LGBTQ bill ever’

Ghana’s parliament has adjourned for the year without taking promised and predicted action on a long-threatened proposal known as the “worst anti-LGBTQ bill ever”.

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Alban Bagbin, speaker of Ghana’s parliament. (Photo courtesy of CitiNewsroom.com)

The bill would provide prison sentences for people in same-sex relations and anyone identifying as LGBTQ, supporting LGBTQ people or advocating for recognition of the human rights of LGBTQ people. It would promote “conversion therapy”, a harmful and ineffective practice that seeks to turn LGBT Qpeople straight.

Ghana has been arguing about the bill, pro and con, for a year and a half.

Rightify Ghana reported:

Parliament of Ghana Adjourns Sitting Sine Die without Second Reading of anti-LGBTQI+ Bill

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin adjourned sitting sine die, following the proceedings of Wednesday, 21st December 2022, which ended during the early hours of Thursday, 22 December 2022.

The Speaker didn’t mention any date for the House to reconvene in the new year.

According to earlier reports, the committee handling the anti-LGBTQI Bill were expected to submit their report to Parliament for the 2nd Reading.

The majority in Parliament proposed Tuesday, January 24, 2023, for the House to reconvene, but the Speaker disagreed.

He went on to adjourn the House indefinitely, thus without announcing future date to reconvene.

Source: African Human Rights Media Network member Erasing 76 Crimes.