Parliament ready to pass Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill

Parliament is set to pass the controversial Anti-LGBTQ+ bill after nearly three years of the bill being laid in the House. 

This comes after the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin withdrew a number of last-minute amendments he proposed. 

Also, his suggestion for a meeting between the flagbearers of the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress to seek a consensus on the bill was deemed to be a destruction and was swiftly rejected by the Speaker.

The anti-LGBTQ+ bill sponsored by eight private Members of Parliament led by Ningo Prampram constituency MP, Samuel Nartey George, had stalled for months.

The bill which was expected to be passed last week was blocked by Mr Afenyo-Markin who proposed several new amendments.

He argued that he was not outrightly against the principles of the bill but supported it, however, he opposed a provision that would lead to the imprisonment of individuals accused of engaging in or promoting LGBTQ activities.

The Deputy Majority leader stressed that the punitive action of the bill would not aid in rehabilitating the culprits.

He stressed that the crux of the matter had to do with behavioural issues, stating that when addressing such matters, imprisonment is not a viable solution as it exacerbates the situation rather than resolves it.

Source: myjoyonline

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