‘Anti-gay Committee Chairman disappears’ as Parliaments begins consideration of bill

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In a surprising turn of events during the consideration stage of the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values, 2021 bill, (anti-gay bill), the Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, ‘disappeared’ despite being present earlier in the day.

Originally scheduled for consideration on Wednesday, December 6, the bill faced a setback when the Committee Chairman’s absence prompted the Second Deputy Speaker to decline the request.

This led to frustration among the bill’s sponsors, accusing the Majority leadership of obstructing its progress.

On Friday, December 8, as the Speaker announced the bill’s consideration stage, Chairman Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi was noticeably absent.

Despite this, Speaker Alban S.K. Bagbin reassured that the bill would be enacted before the House goes on recess for the festive season, and indeed, the House proceeded with the work on the bill.

The bill, aimed at promoting traditional family values, saw the Ranking Member, Bernard Ahiafor, assuming the chair during deliberations.

Samuel Nartey George, a co-sponsor of the bill, had earlier threatened to expose Majority MPs allegedly influenced by advocates of LGBTQ+ activities.

Addressing the delays, Chairman Anyimadu-Antwi highlighted underlying issues causing the setbacks, emphasizing that despite being sponsored by the Minority, the bill is now the property of Parliament and enjoys the support of the entire majority caucus.

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