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US Concerned Over Ghana’s Anti-Gay Bill, Warns of Public Health and Economic Impact

The United States has expressed concern over Ghana’s passage of the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, commonly known as the anti-gay bill. The bill, which was passed by Ghana’s Parliament on Wednesday, February 28, has raised alarm in the international community.

US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller stated that the passage of the bill could undermine Ghana’s valuable public health, media, civic spaces, and economy. He emphasized that the bill’s passage also threatens Ghana’s tradition of tolerance, peace, and respect for human rights.

According to Miller, the bill seeks to criminalize individuals who identify as LGBTQI+, as well as anyone who does not report them, including friends, family, or community members. He stated that limiting the rights of one group in society undermines the rights of all.

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The United States has joined calls from Ghanaians urging a review of the bill’s constitutionality to protect the rights of all individuals in Ghana. Miller also highlighted that international business coalitions have expressed concerns that such discrimination in Ghana could harm business and economic growth in the country.

Ghana’s tradition of tolerance, peace, and respect for human rights has long been admired and served as a model for other countries. The United States views the legislation as inconsistent with these values and warns that if it becomes law, it could undermine Ghana’s stability and prosperity.

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