The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin has affirmed that discussions and debates on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values otherwise known as the anti-LGBTQ+ bill would be done in public.
According to him, the bill has international dimensions with the whole world waiting to see the decision that the Ghanaian Parliament would take hence every step of the way would be done in public including all committee works. “We would want to know where each Member of Parliament stands” with regard to the bill.
The Speaking who was making his welcome comment on the floor of the house on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at the commencement of the third meeting of the first session of the eighth parliament of the fourth republic, the Speaker praised the interest the debate has generated but called on all and sundry to be accommodating of divergent views on the topic.
“Let the various shades of opinions canvass their positions on the bill. Let us be accommodating of others’ opinions and perceptions because that is their reality. Parliament, I have always maintained, is a house of the people and for the people.”
He assured that parliament will at the earliest possible time pass into law the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021 which is presently before the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, adding that he remains committed to that pledge. “After all the debate, the dust will settle and we will make our way through what is chaff and what is substance”, he added.
“I am persuaded that the Parliament of the people of Ghana will pass a law that protects our culture and values as a people because without that, we lose our identity and our very existence. I am persuaded that this Parliament will pass a law that is in sync with our constitutional provisions and the various laws that already exist in this country. I am persuaded that we will pass a law that is rich in common sense, human decency, morality, fact, logic, and one that does not foment hatred in any shape or form”, Hon Bagbin stated.