Associate Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, has accused the United Nations of secretly promoting same sex marriage in Samoa.
While the United Nations strongly reject the claim, Lealailepule is adamant that leaders of the government, churches and villages must stay alert, Samoa Observer reports. He said the United Nations has a hidden agenda, masked through programmes delivered by UN Women to promote equality.
“They are keen on promoting gender equality, yet they are also secretly promoting something that Samoa will never be a part of which is same sex marriage,” he said.
“I am not happy with how the gender equality issue is being used as a secret window to pry open the door for same-sex marriage in Samoa,” he said. “We have to be awake and be alert.”
“We have to be careful with how these projects are being implemented in the villages,” Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi said.
“We are all for equal rights for our women, but gender equality is not just about women, it is about men, gays and lesbians. I have nothing personal against my brothers and sisters; however I am not happy with how the gender equality issue is being used as a secret window to pry open the door for same-sex marriage.
“When it comes to the UN, they have no culture, no religion, they are just an organisation promoting gender rights. But we are a country with a foundation and a proper culture.”
He added the UN Women puts up this fight for human rights violation and “same sex marriage is wrapped in there somewhere, a hidden agenda and that is something that Samoa should be aware of.”
“Overseas like New Zealand and Australia, they will of course allow that because they are a secular state. Not Samoa, we have Christian values that we cannot steer away from.”