February 24, 2023

The Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram Samuel Nartey George has said the LGBTQI+ Bill would be laid before Parliament before the end of March this year.

According to him, he met the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Dame on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 who agreed that the Bill is in its best form and would help address the intended purpose of the Bill.

Addressing the media, he noted that sponsors of the Bill have also engaged the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and can confirm that much progress has been made on the Bill.

And further pointed out that their meeting that last close to ninety minutes when the Attorney General brought his memo on the matter, he was assured that his concerns have be addressed on the clause to clause.

The AG raised issue on cost on some human right issues and his attention was drawn to the fact that those issues have been addressed. One issue that was addressed was what “proper canal knowledge” is; the second has to do with marriage where marriage is recognized as between man and wife as the sponsors were clear on that welcome by the AG.

“If you go and contract marriage between same sex, if you get into the jurisdiction of Ghana it becomes null and void and the AG appreciated our Bill”.

And the AG was happy where the Bill strengthened the child’s Act section 86 K, it is clear and was an amendment pass by Parliament, with that nobody in a same sex relationship can come and adopt a child.

In his media briefing Samuel Nartey noted that within a week the report of the Committee should be on the floor of the House.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com