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Ghanaian parliament works to adopt anti-gay law

Ghana’s parliament has approved a proposed modification to an anti-gay bill that would make identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or intersex (LGBTQI+) punishable by a three-year prison sentence.

According to a report by BBC Africa on Thursday, people who advocate for LGBTQI+ rights could face up to 10 years in prison.

The amendments were supported by a cross-party group of parliamentarians, but will be scrutinised again before becoming a law.

According to BBC Africa, gay sex is already prohibited in Ghana.

“The proposed legislation has faced condemnation at home and abroad. Critics say it infringes on rights guaranteed in Ghana’s constitution. Supporters say it will help preserve Ghanaian values,” BBC Africa reported.

Multiple lawsuits have been filed to challenge the bill in the country’s courts.

BBC Africa

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