A member of the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, Edem Senanu, says the latest Afrobarometer survey by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) confirms that the majority of Ghanaians do not want to tolerate same-sex relationships or people with different sexual orientations.

He claims there are scientific reasons for which Africans, in general, despise homosexuality, adding that same-sex marriage often leads to a number of complications that affect one’s health.

“When 93% of your population say we don’t want something, you better have to pay attention. By the way, the local wisdom demonstrated by our history, our chiefs and queen mothers, and by our tradition is clearly encapsulated and supported by the sciences.”

“I am absolutely aligning with the fact that we abhor this and there is a scientific basis to the reasons why Africans abhor this, 80% on average across Africa,” he stated.

An afrobarometer survey conducted by CDD-Ghana has revealed that 93% of Ghanaians are highly intolerant to people involved in same-sex relationships.

“Fewer than one in 10 (7%) say they wouldn’t mind living next door to someone in a same-sex relationship,” the CDD Afrobarometer survey found.

This places Ghana fourth among 23 African countries surveyed between late 2019 and early 2021 in terms of intolerance, according to the survey.

It further adds that “intolerance toward people in same-sex relationships is pervasive across age groups, religious affiliations, and urban as well as rural locations.”

“Citizens with no formal education are slightly less likely to express intolerance (88%) than their more educated counterparts (91%-95%).”

This notwithstanding, “at least nine out of 10 Ghanaians express tolerant attitudes toward people of different ethnicities (92%), different religions (91%), and different political affiliations (90%), saying they would like it or would not care if they had these people as neighbours.”

Sam George’s take

The Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George, has stated that some two groups making a case against the bill cannot override the desire of the majority.

In an interview on The Pulse on JoyNews, he said “if you go to page seven of that report, social tolerance in Ghana is extremely high. Ghanaians are tolerant of different ethnicities by 92%, different religions by 91%, different political parties by 90%, different immigrant and foreign workers by 74%, but these same Ghanaians are only 7% tolerant of homosexuals. It tells you what the people of Ghana want.”

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