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LGBTQ+ Bill Set for Passage by Friday, Ato Forson Assures

Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson asserts that the legislation prohibiting LGBTQ+ activities is poised for approval by Friday, emphasizing broad parliamentary and public backing.

The Minority Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, has disclosed that the contentious Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill is slated for passage by Friday, February 16, 2024. The bill seeks to prohibit lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) activities within the country.

During an appearance on JoyNews’ PM Express, Dr. Forson emphasized that the bill has undergone thorough scrutiny and is currently being reviewed to ensure that all amendments approved by Parliament are accurately reflected. He indicated that this review process is expected to conclude by Wednesday, with the Speaker scheduled to formally present the bill for voting by Members of Parliament (MPs) on Thursday.

Dr. Forson expressed confidence that Ghana would soon have legislation titled the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill by the weekend.

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Responding to concerns about potential international backlash, Dr. Forson asserted that the majority of Ghanaians support the passage of the bill. He noted surprising unanimity among MPs during the Speaker’s inquiry, highlighting the bill’s extensive parliamentary consideration since 2021.

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Despite the prolonged deliberations, Dr. Forson indicated that he remains optimistic about the bill’s prospects, citing overwhelming public support as evidenced by surveys such as the Afrobarometer, which indicates 90% approval among Ghanaians.

The Minority Leader also affirmed his belief that the bill would eventually become law, even if President Akufo-Addo opts not to sign it. He explained that Parliament could use a two-thirds majority to override the President’s veto, ensuring the bill’s enactment.

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Dr. Forson expressed confidence in the imminent passage of the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, underscoring both parliamentary and public support for its implementation.

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