Sections Of Anti-LGBTQI Bill Unconstitutional – A-G

Source the Ghana Report

The Attorney-General and the Minister for Justice has stated that portions of the newly proposed Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Value Bill, 2021, are unconstitutional.

Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame noted that some of the “provisions would violate some fundamental human rights and freedoms, particularly the right to privacy”.

This is in response to a request for memoranda on the position of government by the Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs of Parliament dated October 19, 2022.

In its current form, Mr Yeboah Dame opines that the Anti-LGBTQI Bill will face some fundamental challenges during its implementation.

The anti-LGBTQI+ Bill seeks to criminalise activities of persons who hold out as lesbians, gay, transgender, transsexual or queer persons who hold divergent socio-cultural notions of sex, persons with a biological anomaly regarding their gender at birth, persons involved in the promotion of or advocacy and funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer related activities, as well as persons who conduct surgical procedures to reassign an individual’s gender except for medical purposes.

The anti-LGBTQI Bill further imposes a duty on citizens and relevant independent constitutional bodies to promote and protect proper human sexual rights and Ghanaian family values.

The Bill also makes any union or marriage entered into by persons of the same sex and persons who have undergone gender or sex reassignment void.

However, the Attorney-General maintained that “parts of the Bill in its present form violate some fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution, including the right to freedom of expression, thought and conscience and freedom from discrimination. However, other provisions of the Bill pass the test of constitutionality.”

He added, “Unnatural carnal knowledge is defined by section 104(2) as “sexual intercourse with a person in an unnatural manner, or with an animal”.

“Thus, unnatural carnal knowledge of a person of at least 16 years with the consent of that person and unnatural carnal knowledge of an animal is already criminalised by Act 29 as a misdemeanour. The Bill, however, seeks to categorise the offence as a second-degree felony, making it inconsistent with the Criminal and Other Offences (Procedure) Act, 1960 (Act 30), which classifies offences in Ghana generally and their correlative punishments.

“It would, however, be observed that not all forms of unnatural carnal knowledge or sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex have been criminalised by current Ghana law. This is because section 99 of Act 29 on ‘Evidence of carnal knowledge’ prescribes evidence of carnal knowledge to be ‘complete on proof of the least degree of penetration’,” he explained.

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