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Catholic Bishops Call for Implementation of People’s Will on Anti-Gay Bill In Ghana

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The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin to join forces in ensuring the enactment of the people’s wishes, amid an ongoing deadlock surrounding the anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

Presently, there exists a standoff between the Executive and Legislative branches of government regarding the anti-gay bill. The President has put a halt to the advancement of the bill, while the Speaker of Parliament has also suspended the confirmation of new ministerial nominees, citing ongoing legal proceedings.

Reverend Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, stressed the importance of cooperation between the Executive and Legislative arms for the common good. He expressed surprise at the delay in the President’s endorsement of the bill, emphasizing that once a law has been democratically passed by Parliament, there should be no grounds for the President to withhold assent.

Calling for adherence to constitutional provisions, Reverend Gyamfi expressed concern over the uncertainty surrounding the situation. He questioned whether there are legal grounds for the President’s delay in signing the bill, urging both parties to act promptly in accordance with the law.