Supreme Court To Start Hearing On Anti-'LGBTQ Bill' On Wednesday, May 8

Supreme Court To Start Hearing On Anti-'LGBTQ Bill' On Wednesday, May 8

  • The Supreme Court will start hearing arguments against the legality of the "anti LGBTQ" bill on Wednesday, May 8, 2024
  • Researcher and activist Dr Amanda Odoi confirmed to YEN.com.gh that the Supreme Court has summoned the significant players in the case
  • The president explained that he would wait for the Supreme Court to pass judgment on lawsuits challenging the bill before taking action on it

The Supreme Court will start hearing arguments against the legality of the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill on Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

Researcher and activist Dr Amanda Odoi and a lawyer, Richard Dela Sky, are the two persons challenging the bill at the Supreme Court in separate lawsuits.

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Researcher and activist Dr Amanda Odoi and a lawyer, Richard Dela Sky, are the two persons challenging the bill.
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Odoi confirmed to YEN.com.gh that the major players in the case have been summoned by the Supreme Court.

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Bloomberg reported that the speaker of parliament and the attorney general are among those summoned to the apex court.

Recently, a High Court has dismissed an attempt to force President Akufo-Addo to formally receive the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill approved by Parliament.

The court noted that granting such a request would be inappropriate because of the legal challenges of the bill at the Supreme Court.

The non-receipt of the bill by the presidency since it was passed on February 28, 2024, has been frustrating for some figures in the legislature.

The proposed law seeks to punish people identifying as LGBTQ with up to three years in prison.

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The president explained that he would wait for the Supreme Court to pass judgment on lawsuits challenging the bill before taking action on the possible law.

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"The operation of the institutions of the Ghanaian state will determine the future trajectory of the rule of law and human rights compliance in our country,” he said.

The bill, pushed by eight MPs, was sent back to Parliament by the president when sent for his assent.

Almost 60% of voters are in favour of “anti-LGBTQ bill”

YEN.com.gh reported that 59 percent of Ghanaian voters favour the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill, according to a Global Info Analytics survey.

According to data, 37 percent said the president's non-assent would influence their voting decision.

Six thousand one hundred twenty-eight voters were interviewed for the survey, of which 5,928 responded to questions about who they intended to vote in the December 2024 elections.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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