Anti-LGBTQ+ bill: All arguments remain personal beliefs until the Supreme Court makes a ruling – Joseph Kpemka

According to him, the Supreme Court is the lone body with the jurisdiction to determine whether a bill approved by Parliament is constitutional or not.

Mr Kpemka stated that people should refrain from making definitive remarks until the Supreme Court issues a decision on the topic.

“Until the Supreme Court makes a pronouncement, whatever you say, those your beliefs, those things that you think are unconstitutional—until it is definitely pronounced upon by the Supreme Court and give credence to what you are speculating, what you are saying remains in the realm of conjecture and personal opinion,” he said.

Mr Kpemka said that people should not presume that their ideas are clear and that the Supreme Court will uphold them.

The Deputy-Attorney General and Minister for Justice highlighted that the Supreme Court has the jurisdiction to interpret and implement the law in ways that are consistent with social standards through purposive interpretation, which applies to all cases.

“Therefore, those who are concluding that the law, in its current state and form, is unconstitutional may be mistaken because until the pronouncement is definitively made by the Supreme Court, we cannot come to that conclusion.”

“When the matter is brought before the Supreme Court, there will be two sides of the coin, the argument will be espoused and the constitutional principles that each of them is seeking to say have been infringed upon will be espoused and it’s for the Supreme Court to make a determination,” he said.

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