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

Published:Tuesday | October 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Poyser
Donald Trump supporter Walter Bryan Hill makes a point during a Gleaner Editors' Forum at the newspaper's North Street, Kingston offices yesterday. Beside him are Moises Vela, who supports Hillary Clinton, and public commentator Judith Wedderburn.

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.