Ghana Parliament Supports Amendment Criminalizing LGBT Identity
Ghana’s parliament has endorsed a proposed amendment to an anti-gay bill that would impose a three-year prison sentence for identifying as LGBT. Advocates for LGBT rights could face up to 10 years in jail under the amendment.
Although the amendments received support from a cross-party group of MPs, they will undergo further scrutiny before becoming law. However, one female MP who expressed dissent was silenced by heckling. Same-sex relationships are already illegal in Ghana.
The proposed legislation has faced criticism both domestically and internationally, with opponents arguing that it violates constitutional rights in Ghana. Supporters argue that it is necessary to preserve Ghanaian values.
Multiple legal challenges have been filed to contest the bill in Ghana’s courts.
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