There is a new bill to criminalize homosexuality in Ghana and according to the 36-page bill, persons engaging in and promoting activities of homosexuality could face up to 10 years in prison—and this has caused an uproar on social media.
According to the bill, “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021 will see culprits face a jail term of up to ten years depending on the crime, if passed in its current state.
Individuals of the same sex who engage in sexual intercourse are “liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than seven hundred and fifty penalty units and not more than five thousand penalty units, or to a term of imprisonment of not less than three years and not more than five years or both.”
This encompasses any person who “holds out as a lesbian, a gay, a transgender, a transsexual, a queer, a pansexual, an ally, a non-binary or any other sexual or gender identity that is contrary to the binary categories of male and female.”
“On June 29, 2021, they symbolically submitted a copy of the draft bill to the speaker Alban Bagbin for his review at a meeting of the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship.
The Speaker is expected to create a window on the floor of the House to allow the MPs to formally move their private member’s bill soon”.
And here is the portion of the bill that has gotten people furious and bashing lawmakers on social media. It states that;
“A person who, by use of media, technological platform, technological account or any other means, produces, procures, markets, broadcasts, disseminates, publishes or distributes a material for purposes of promoting an activity prohibited under the Bill, or a person uses an electronic device, the Internet service, a film, or any other device capable of electronic storage or transmission to produce, procure, market, broadcast, disseminate, publishes or distribute a material for purposes of promoting an activity prohibited under the Bill commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a term of imprisonment of not less than five years and not more than ten years.”
Here are some reactions by concerned Ghanaians;