Parliament has officially approved a bill proposing strict penalties for individuals involved in promoting, sponsoring, or supporting LGBTQ+ activities in Ghana. The bill stipulates a minimum custodial sentence of three years and a maximum of five years for those found guilty.
During the deliberations on the bill, MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartey George, clarified that the focus of public concern lies primarily on the advocacy and promotion of LGBTQ+ agendas rather than individuals’ private behavior.
Explaining the rationale behind the proposed penalties, George emphasized that individuals caught engaging in LGBTQ+ activities themselves would face a punishment ranging from a minimum of six months to a maximum of three years. However, those actively promoting, sponsoring, or supporting such agendas would face harsher penalties, with a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years of imprisonment.
This decision reflects Ghana’s commitment to upholding traditional values and societal norms amid ongoing debates surrounding LGBTQ+ rights and cultural acceptance.
With Parliament’s endorsement, the bill can now proceed towards becoming law, as all concerns raised against the initial provisions appear to have been addressed.