13 May 2014

Vanuatu churches will not accept LGBT community - Bishop

3:16 pm on 13 May 2014

The Vanuatu Christian Council of Churches says it does not welcome the recent establishment of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender association in the country.

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 constitution is based on Christian and Melanesian values.

Port Vila Vanuatu

Port Vila Vanuatu Photo: RNZ

He says if the church accepted the gay community, it would cause a huge division and problems in society.

Bishop Ligo says he intends to discuss the issue with the government.

"We respect them as human beings. But people have to understand, the government has to understand, how to interpret the right that is theirs as homosexuals and lesbians, and how do we deal with their rights in order not to allow division to come into families, communities, the church, and other organisations as well."

Bishop James Ligo is calling on all churches and chiefs to take a stand against the establishment of the LGBT association.