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Anti-Gay bill: ‘Let Supreme Court determine its constitutionality first’ — Akufo-Addo on assent

Headlines President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
MAR 4, 2024 LISTEN
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has decided to hold off on assenting to Ghana's controversial anti-LGBTQ bill, citing a pending Supreme Court challenge to the bill's constitutionality.

In a statement shared by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency, Akufo-Addo noted that a "concerned citizen" has mounted a legal challenge to the bill at the Supreme Court.

He stated that "In the circumstances, it would be, as well, for all of us to hold our hands, and await the decision of the Court before any action is taken."

The bill, titled "Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021", was passed unanimously by parliament on February 28.

If signed into law, it would criminalize LGBTQ relationships and advocacy with a jail term as punishment.

However, the president signaled that he wants the country's highest court to weigh in on the bill's compatibility with the Ghanaian constitution before giving it final approval.

"The operation of the institutions of the Ghanaian state will determine the future trajectory of the rule of law and human rights compliance in our country," Akufo-Addo said.

Following the passage by Parliament, several bodies—both home and abroad, including the United State, have raised concerns about what they deem as a breach to fundamental human rights.

In a four-page statement on Monday, March 4, the country’s Finance Ministry warned of a potential economic risk should the bill be signed, urging the President to reject it.

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