During a joint press briefing with US Vice President Kamala Harris at the Jubilee House on Monday, President Akufo-Addo announced that significant changes had been made to the Anti-LGBTQI bill currently being reviewed by Parliament.
According to the President, these modifications were made following the intervention of the Attorney-General, though the final outcome of the bill is still uncertain.
He made this statement in response to a question posed by a journalist from the New York Times, “My understanding with the recent discussion I had with the chairman of the committee is that, substantial elements of the bill have already been modified,”
President Akufo-Addo clarified that there is currently no legislation in place to regulate the activities of the LGBQI+ community in the country, dismissing previous claims to the contrary. He further explained that the Anti-LGBTQI bill, which is still pending, would serve as the primary legislation on the matter if passed.
Also, he emphasis that “The statement that there is legislation to that effect is not accurate.”
He expressed confidence that Parliament would take into account the human rights aspect, given its sensitivity, when considering the issue.
“The legislation is a legislation that is being proposed as a Private Members Bill. This is not an official legislation of the government but it is one that is being mooted by a handful of private members,” President Akufo-Addo clarified.