An injunction application sought to prevent Parliament from considering the anti-LGBTQ Bill has been unanimously dismissed by the Supreme Court.
A Gertrude Torkornoo led nine-member panel that adjudicated a prima facie case indicated that it was not convinced to injunct proceedings on the bill by Parliament.
Parliament adopted the motion of the Bill presented by the Constitutional, Legal and Parliament Committee on Wednesday, July 5, 2023.
The Promotion of the Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill popularly known as the anti-gay bill was adopted after its second reading in Parliament.
Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Amoako Asiamah following the second reading granted members of the House the opportunity 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The contempt application was however withdrawn following the dismissal of the injunction application.