President Akufo-Addo's comments about homosexuality on Aljazeera has sparked a national debate.
The president, in an interview with the television network, argued that although legalizing homosexuality is not a priority in the country, it is bound to happen just like elsewhere in the world.
“I don’t believe that in Ghana, so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say: ‘Change it [the law], let’s then have a new paradigm in Ghana. I think it is something that is bound to happen like elsewhere in the world, they are activities of individuals or groups,” he said.
These comments by the president have seen religious groups like the Christian council come out strongly against any attempt to legalize homosexuality.
But the messages of the president saw the gay community in Ghana thanks, Nana Addo and also hint of embarking on a peace march to file a petition at the Flagstaff house.
This development has generally angered many Ghanaians who fear the culture and tradition of the country are being tampered with.
So why do most Ghanaians hate homosexuals and the LGBT community that fiercely? YEN.com.gh has been seeking answers and has thus come through with these arguable reasons.
1. Tradition and culture
Just like any other African country, Ghana is a country with its culture embedded on the principles of family procreation which basically involves a man and woman.
This heterosexual definition of marriage translates to most communities even employing the practice of polygamy where a man is given the chance to marry more than one wife.
In this case, there is no room for gay men or persons who feel attracted to the same sex.
2. Western domination
Mention homosexuality and one thing which resounds in the minds of most Ghanaians is the import of western culture. Ghanaians hate for their space to be invaded with what they deem to be the main preserve of the West.
3. Sexual promiscuity
Come to think of it, being gay or lesbian in a conservative country like Ghana sends out various signals with the main perception being that of one being promiscuous and less appreciative of the sanctity of marriage. Tell anyone you are gay or lesbian and they will picture you have a taste for sleeping with just anyone.
It remains a fact that the LGBT community in Ghana today is never left out of the possible infection rates of HIV/AIDS considering the risk involved in their engagements. Back in the 70s during the discovery of HIV/AIDS, there was this belief of it being a "gay disease".
Ghana's conservative society has seen the gay community mostly silent and in hiding as cases of stigma and brutality abound.
To this effect, members of the gay community often risk their lives moving out of the country to get married or freely live their lives.
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