In a recent development, the parliament in Ghana has shown support for a proposed amendment to an anti-gay bill. If passed into law, this amendment would impose a three-year prison sentence for individuals identifying as LGBT. Additionally, those advocating for LGBT rights could face up to 10 years of imprisonment.
The proposed amendments received the backing of a group of MPs from various political parties. However, these amendments will undergo further scrutiny before they can be enacted as law.
It is worth noting that one female MP who expressed dissenting views faced heckling from her colleagues until she was compelled to submit.
It is important to highlight that engaging in gay sex is already considered illegal in Ghana. The proposed legislation has faced significant criticism both domestically and internationally. Critics argue that it violates the rights guaranteed by Ghana’s constitution.
On the other hand, supporters of the bill argue that it is necessary to preserve Ghanaian values.
Furthermore, multiple lawsuits have been filed challenging the bill in Ghana’s courts, demonstrating the ongoing legal battles surrounding this contentious issue.