The Majority Caucus in Parliament has issued a stern warning, declaring their intention to vote against the Bill on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Right and Ghanaian Family Values, known as the Anti-LGBTQ Plus Bill, if it's politicised.
The threat was made by the Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Anim Adu Antwi, during a press conference held on Thursday, 7 December 2023.
Chairman Antwi emphasised the need to prevent the politicisation of the bill, underlining that any attempt to associate it with party colours would face strong opposition from the majority side in Parliament.
In shedding light on the Anti-LGBTQ Plus Bill, Chairman Antwi highlighted the extensive process involved in its consideration. He mentioned the bill's popularity, detailing the committee's efforts, including 9 public hearings and visits to countries with similar legislation.
The chairman expressed frustration over the delay caused by other bills on the order paper, stating that the Anti-LGBTQ Plus Bill had consumed a significant portion of the committee's budget.
Expressing disappointment over the Minority's decision to hold a press conference before discussing the bill in the committee, Chairman Anim Adu Antwi deemed the action as “in bad faith” and urged all parties to refrain from making premature statements about the bill's progression.
The chairman vehemently warned against turning the Anti-LGBTQ Plus Bill into a political tool, stressing the unanimous agreement among all Members of Parliament to prosecute the bill, irrespective of party affiliations.
He asserted that any attempt to politicise the bill would hinder its passage.
Chairman Antwi questioned the urgency attributed to the Anti-LGBTQ Plus Bill compared to other bills on the order paper.
He emphasised the committee's readiness to proceed with the bill once approved by the speaker and leadership, clarifying that the bill had not been considered under a certificate of emergency.
Contrary to speculation, Chairman Antwi denied having prior knowledge of the Anti-LGBTQ Plus Bill being taken in the committee on the previous day.
He stressed the need for a fair and non-political consideration of the bill, asserting that the bill's passage should be guided by national interest rather than partisan affiliations.