Homophobia in the South Pacific

Vanuatu: Bishop says churches reject the gays

Vanuatu's location in the South Pacific.
Vanuatu’s location in the South Pacific.

The Vanuatu Christian Council of Churches says it does not welcome the recent establishment of a LGBT association in the island nation in the south Pacific Ocean.
Last week, the president of the LGBT association, Gilio Baxter, said it wants to persuade chiefs, clergy, judges and the government on the community’s rights. But the chairman of VCCC, Bishop James Ligo, says the country’s constitution is based on Christian and Melanesian values.
Ligo is calling on all churches and chiefs to take a stand against the establishment of the LGBT association.
[Editor’s note: Vanuatu does not have a law against homosexuality.]
Source: Radio New Zealand
Reprinted in cooperation with the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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