By Enyichukwu Enemanna
Ghana’s proposed anti-homosexual legislation which seeks to jail LGBTQ advocates for ten years will be passed before the Christmas break, Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has hinted.
The bill, which is in the final stages of consideration before the parliament, also proposes three-year imprisonment for people who identify as gays.
The proposed legislation also makes the funding of LGBTQ activities illegal.
In Ghana, same-sex union among men is already illegal but the new bill has included lesbianism as well as marriage to objects.
Samuel Nartey George, who proposed the bill has threatened to expose members of parliament who have allegedly been compromised by LGBTQ advocates to stop the bill from being passed into law.
Majority of MPs have however dismissed the allegations, saying there were still underlying issues that needed to be addressed before the bill could be passed.
The proposed anti-gay legislation was first presented to MPs in August 2021 but was widely criticised both at home and abroad.
Those who oppose it say that if passed into law, it will infringe on the rights and freedoms of LGBTQ persons guaranteed in the constitution.
Ghana is one among the many African countries tightening the grip on LGBTQ which they say corrupts the family morals.
Uganda has been sanctioned by lending agencies, including world bank arising from its anti-gay legislation.