Supreme Court unanimously dismisses injunction application against anti-gay bill

The Supreme Court of Ghana has unanimously dismissed an injunction application that was filed against Parliament from considering the anti-L...

Supreme Court unanimously dismisses injunction app
Supreme Court unanimously dismisses injunction app

The Supreme Court of Ghana has unanimously dismissed an injunction application that was filed against.

Parliament from considering the anti-LGBTQ bill.

A nine-member panel chaired by Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo held that a prima.

facie case had not been made to convince the court of injuncting the parliamentary proceedings.

On Wednesday, July 5, Parliament adopted the motion of the Constitutional, Legal and.

Parliament Committee on the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill.

popularly known as the anti-gay bill.

This followed the second reading of the Bill on that day.

After the second reading, members of the House were given the opportunity by.

the Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Amoako Asiamah, to debate the motion.

Among the members who contributed to the debate was Minister of Local Government,.

Decentralisation and Rural Development Dan Botwe, who described as “madness” the activities of lesbians, gays,.

bi-sexuals, and transgender (LGBT) humans.

He said it is a Satanic force that should not be allowed to.

fester in the country.

For him, “eternal vigilance” should be exercised by the country beyond the passage.

of the Bill.

But the Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin was cited for contempt regarding the.

anti-gay bill.

This was after a researcher Dr Amanda Odoi filed a lawsuit at the.

Supreme Court asking the court to sanction the Speaker for showing contempt and disregard for.

court processes.

“That the respondent’s clear, intentional and continuous disregard of the court process necessitates.

the Respondent being sanctioned for contempt in the public interest and to protect the dignity.

of the Court,” the Court documents state.

“That by his conduct in directing or causing Parliament to proceed to a.

Second Reading of the Bill, in full knowledge of the pending suit and related interlocutory.

injunction application, the Respondent has disregarded and disrespected the authority of this Court.

“That such disregard interferes with the outcome of the pending litigation, brings the.

administration of justice into disrepute and undermines public confidence in the judicial system.

The contempt application was however withdrawn following the dismissal of the injunction application.

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