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Gender Activist Seeks Interlocutory Injunction Against Anti-Gay Bill

Dr. Amanda Odoi, a prominent gender activist, has taken legal action by filing an application for an interlocutory injunction against the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, and the Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, in response to the recent passage of the anti-gay bill.

Parliament approved the bill on February 28, 2024, criminalizing LGBTQ+ activities, including their promotion, advocacy, and funding. The legislation stipulates imprisonment ranging from 6 months to 3 years for individuals found in violation, while those involved in promoting and sponsoring such activities could face a jail term between 3 to 5 years.

Dr. Odoi has voiced her opposition to specific provisions within the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, more commonly known as the anti-gay bill. She seeks a restraining order to prevent the Speaker, Attorney General, and the Clerk of Parliament from sending the bill to President Akufo-Addo for his approval.

In a legal notice, Dr. Ernest Ako, Counsel for Dr. Odoi, stated, “PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Dr. Ernest Ako, Esq., Counsel for and on behalf of the Applicant herein, will move this Honourable Court on an application praying for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 1st Defendant/Respondent, the Clerk of Parliament, and their respective agents, servants, and assigns from forwarding the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill…to the President for his assent, pending the final determination of this Suit upon the grounds set out in the accompanying Affidavit and for such order(s) as the Honourable Court may deem fit.”

The application is scheduled to be heard in court on the specified date, where Dr. Odoi’s legal team will present their arguments in support of the injunction.

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