Ghana Parliament Greenlights Changes to Anti-Gay Legislation

Ghana Parliament Greenlights Changes to Anti-Gay Legislation
ANTI LGBTQ BILL
Written By : Priscilla Boakye

In a recent development, the Ghanaian Parliament has given the nod to amendments in the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, commonly referred to as the anti-gay bill. The revised legislation, spearheaded by Sam George, introduces a six-month custodial sentence or a fine for those found promoting LGBTQ activities.

The primary goal of this amendment is to strengthen adherence to the law once it is officially enacted. Individuals found guilty of promoting LGBTQ activities could now face a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months in prison. Alternatively, they may incur a fine ranging from GH₵600 to GH₵1200.

Notably, there was opposition to the amendment from Alexander Afenyo-Markin, who argued for a maximum custodial sentence of three months. His concerns centered around the financial implications of imprisonment and its potential impact on offenders. Afenyo-Markin underscored the significance of retaining the option of a fine as an alternative penalty.

As the debate on the anti-gay bill continues, this parliamentary decision marks a crucial development in Ghana's legislative landscape, sparking discussions on the balance between legal consequences and financial considerations.

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