GPCC urges Akufo-Addo to sign anti-LGBTQ+ bill into law

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The Human Sexual Rights and Family Values bill was recently passed by Ghana’s Parliament, and the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has urged President Akufo-Addo to sign it into law.

In a statement released on Friday, March 1, 2024, and bearing the signature of General Secretary Apostle Immanuel N. O. Tetteh, the GPCC conveyed its appreciation for the bill’s passing while extending congratulations to the private sponsors and backers.

The GPCC, a faith-based organization, expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to the passing of the law known as the anti-gay bill and emphasized the significance of respecting cultural and religious values.

Recently, the Ghanaian parliament passed laws toughening the punishments meted out to members of the LGBTQ community and those who support non-traditional gender identities or sexual orientations. The bill not only keeps the current penalty for homosexual sex but also adds a five-year prison sentence for advocating LGBTQ activities.

The bill, which has the support of a number of traditional, Christian, and Muslim Ghanaian leaders, is currently pending President Akufo-Addo’s decision, which he has seven days to make. In February 2021, the President had previously given his word that he would not allow legalization of LGBTQ activities.

President Akufo-Addo has been advised by the “Big 18” and Human Rights Coalition not to sign the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, 2021.

They contend that important basic human rights clauses found in Ghana’s 1992 Constitution are violated by the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.

They claim that this Bill aims to violate a number of rights in one fell swoop, including the freedoms of expression, association, and participation in processions, academic freedom, equality, and nondiscrimination.

Read the statement below:

 

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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