Researcher Seeks Court Order to Block Anti-Gay Bill from Presidential Assent

by Louisa Afful
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Lawyers representing Researcher Dr. Amanda Odoi have justified their request for an interlocutory injunction to prevent Parliament from forwarding the controversial anti-gay bill to President Akufo-Addo for approval.

Lead counsel Ernest Arkoh argued that the bill, initiated as a private member’s bill, imposes a financial burden on the public purse. According to Article 108 of the 1992 constitution, bills affecting public funds must be introduced by the President or on his behalf, limiting Parliament’s authority in this matter.

Addressing the court during the hearing, Arkoh emphasized the irreparable harm that could result if the bill is transmitted and assented to, highlighting potential societal consequences and risks to the dignity of LGBTQ individuals.

He stressed that only an interlocutory injunction can effectively halt Parliament from sending the bill to the President, despite ongoing legal challenges.

Dr. Amanda Odoi, a researcher at the University of Cape Coast, along with media personality Richard Sky, is challenging the constitutionality of the Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill. Sky aims to have the bill declared null and void, citing breaches of constitutional provisions and violations of fundamental human rights.

Meanwhile, Dr. Odoi specifically seeks a court order to prevent the Speaker, Attorney General, and Clerk of Parliament from forwarding the bill to President Akufo-Addo for approval.

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