Supreme Court dismisses application seeking to stop passage of Anti-LGBTQ bill

Sika Togoh
Sika Togoh
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The Supreme Court has reportedly dismissed an application seeking to stop the passage of the anti-LGBTQ bill by Parliament as the processes for the bill to become law gradually take shape .

According to a media release, a 9 member Panel of Supreme Court Justices chaired the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Gertrude Torkornoo unanimously threw out the application which was filed by a Research Fellow at the University of Cape Coast’s Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation (CENGRAD).

The plaintiff , Amanda Odoi works as a Research Fellow at CENGRAD and a Senior Lecturer at UCC .

The panel averred that the plaintiff failed to adduce enough evidence or legal arguments which will compel the Apex court to stop Parliament from following through the passage of the bill.

Subsequently, the plaintiff also withdrew the contempt application filed against the Speaker of Parliament, Right Honourable Alban Sumana Bagbin .

Dr Amanda Odoi is one of two Ghanaian citizens who sued the Speaker of Parliament at the Supreme Court ,praying the court to stop Parliament from proceeding with the passage of the anti-LGBTQ bill into law.

The other plaintiff is Sefa Boama Paul , a farmer.

Meanwhile, Parliament has adopted the motion of the Constitutional ,Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values bill( Anti-LGBTQ bill).

This followed the second reading of the bill in the House on July 5,2023.

The bill is now at the Consideration stage where MPs are expected to go through it clause by clause and make necessary arrangements proposed by the Committee.

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