The Ghanaian Parliament has approved legislation imposing custodial sentences ranging from three to five years for individuals found guilty of promoting, sponsoring, or supporting LGBTQ+ activities.
Under the newly passed law, those caught engaging in such activities will face a minimum sentence of six months to a maximum of three years. The decision came during parliamentary discussions on the amendment of a bill concerning the promotion of proper human sexual rights and Ghanaian family values.
Speaking on the matter during the clause-by-clause amendment proceedings, Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartey George, elucidated, “The confusion stemmed from the advocacy for the promotion of these activities, which many Ghanaians oppose. It is important to clarify that private matters remain private, but deliberate efforts to endorse, finance, or encourage such activities will be met with strict penalties.”
He further outlined the legislative stance, stating, “For individuals involved in the willful promotion, sponsorship, or support of the LGBTQ+ agenda, the prescribed punishment will be a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years.”
The enactment of this law underscores Ghana’s stance on LGBTQ+ issues and its commitment to upholding traditional family values. The decision has sparked varied reactions within the country and internationally, with advocates for LGBTQ+ rights expressing concern over the potential infringement of individual freedoms. However, proponents argue that the legislation reflects the prevailing societal norms and cultural values of Ghana.