Esquire Gabby Otchere-Darko has cautioned Ghanaians, claiming the consequences of the passage of the Anti LGBTQ+ Bill into law is not anything to write home about.

On 28 February, 2024, after three years of the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill being in the parliament of Ghana, which was being taken through all the proceedings for a bill to be passed into a law, it has finally seen the light of day. Yet, it’s left for the head of the executive arm of government, President Akufo-Addo to assent the bill into law.

However, the passage of this bill has raised divergent views from all Ghanaians and individuals from all parts of the world.

Renowned Ghanaian lawyer, Mr Gabby Otchere-Darko has shared his thoughts on the passage of the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill. He claimed that, some Ghanaian legislators are not in support for the passage of the bill but are scared to voice it out since they are scared to loose their seat for speaking out not in support of the bill.

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“Ghana’s parliament, in which is vested the sovereign will of the people, has democratically passed a hasher anti-LGBTQ Bill. Yes, democratically! In fact, the threat of being unseated for standing for the right of gays, e.t.c, certainly created it’s own culture of silence in the house,” he said.

He further cautioned Ghanaians to acknowledge the fact that, the passage of the bill into law comes along with dire negative implications on the economy of Ghana.

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“But it is the decision of Parliament and one which enjoys huge popular support in the country. The world must understand that. But, Ghanaians must also understand that it comes with consequences. Choices have consequences,” Gabby Otchere-Darko asserted.

According to Mr Gabby Otchere-Darko, he believes the media and political leaders have a significant role of creating the awareness of the negative repercussions of making Anti-LGBTQ bill a law.

“We expect the media and the politicians to be fair to the people by letting them (Ghanaians) know the pros and cons of this decision to impose stiffer penalties against gays, etc,” he said.

Gabby Otchere-Darko urged all Ghanaians who are not in support of the anti-LGBTQ bill to head to the supreme court to invoke the bill.

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“We also expect those who believe the bill is unconstitutionally wrong to do what is right and go to court. That is democracy! Our institutions of democracy are still strong and alive …,” Gabby Otchere-Darko added.

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