The Business Committee of the House has been instructed by Speaker of the House Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin to put the anti-gay law on the agenda for discussion the following week.
This week was meant to be the time for discussion of the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill.
However, two lawsuits have been brought against the bill, according to Sam Nartey George, one of its sponsors.
According to reports, one was filed at the Supreme Court and the other at the High Court.
After alerting leadership about the two lawsuits, the Speaker is alleged to have been named in one of them.
Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markins received a message from First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu on Friday, June 16 that read, “Mr Speaker brought the court action to the attention of leaders and I think in considering programming or not programming it, you may wish to discuss with the Speaker what steps you may take before you programme them.”
The Speaker, who was sitting in the chair at the time, gave the directive to hold the discussions on Tuesday, June 27, exactly one week later.
The actions of homosexuals in the nation have long been fiercely opposed by Speaker Bagbin.
The former congressman recently told media during a visit of Ghana’s northern region to commemorate 30 years of parliamentary democracy that he would rather die than see homosexual and lesbian acts made legal.
The Speaker of Parliament addressed reporters on a tour, “For you all to participate in it, count me out of Ghana.”
“I would rather be with my Maker than continue living. I am that. I support life and am a Catholic. God says the world is everlasting, therefore I won’t do anything that might end it. We are unable to terminate the world in that manner until He returns.