US doesn’t ex­port gay val­ues, claims for­mer White House ad­min­is­tra­tor

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - An­dré Poyser Staff Re­porter an­dre.poyser @glean­

MOISES VELA, a for­mer di­rec­tor of ad­min­is­tra­tion in the of­fice of United States Vice-Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den, has re­jected sug­ges­tions that the US gov­ern­ment has been try­ing to im­pose a ho­mo­sex­ual agenda through var­i­ous ini­tia­tives it has in Ja­maica.

“We don’t ex­port our val­ues. You get to de­cide your own val­ues, but what we do be­lieve in Amer­ica is that ev­ery hu­man be­ing was made by the hands of God, what­ever that God is or whomever that God is to you, and we are go­ing to treat each other equally, and we are go­ing to treat each other with re­spect,” he said while ad­dress­ing a Gleaner Ed­i­tors’ Fo­rum held yes­ter­day at the news­pa­per’s of­fices in Kingston.

Vela, along with Wal­ter Hill, a Repub­li­can mem­ber of the Florida House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, is vis­it­ing Ja­maica at the in­vi­ta­tion of the US Em­bassy. The em­bassy has been host­ing a num­ber of meet­ings to raise aware­ness about the US elec­tion process.

Vela is a Hil­lary Clin­ton sup­porter and Hill has ap­peared on cam­paign plat­forms for Repub­li­can can­di­date Don­ald Trump.

In re­spond­ing to ques­tions about whether or not a Clin­ton pres­i­dency would pro­mote the ac­cep­tance of ho­mo­sex­ual val­ues in Ja­maica, Vela said: “Ja­maica can choose whether to ad­here to the same ideals and val­ues we have in the United States or they can choose to have Ja­maican val­ues, but we don’t ex­port our val­ues,” he said. Vela also rub­bished claims that US aid to Ja­maica is tied to ac­cep­tance of a gay agenda. “I don’t know that there is any pro­gramme that would say that there is money tied to us telling a coun­try to ac­cept our val­ues. We do a lot of busi­ness with China and we don’t like their hu­man-rights record, but we don’t stop do­ing trade with them,” he said. Hill, who dis­agreed with Vela, claimed there was a con­certed ef­fort by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to pro­mote a gay agenda over­seas.



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