Speaking at his weekly media conference, Samoa‘s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has called same-sex marriage an abomination and a “Sodom and Gomorrah practice.”
Tuilaepa added that true Christian countries would not allow same-sex marriage.
How can someone who claims to support #HumanRights deny same sex couples right to marriage? Samoa President isn't following example of tolerance set by Jesus Christ and inclusive Christianshttps://t.co/IlYEvwYSD2
— Kay will be @ #WellyTech 💗💜💙 (@JennyKayNZ) December 12, 2017
According to RNZ, Tuilaepa and his Human Rights Protection Party changed Samoa’s constitution earlier this year to formally make the country a Christian state.
Tuilaepa had earlier joked about Samoa’s fa’afafine community, a group identified as a third gender.
He said he would try to have fa’afafine participate as women weightlifters at international meets in a reference to a New Zealand transgender weightlifter who beat Samoa’s Iuniarra Sipaia at an Australian competition last week.
The patron of the Samoa Fa’afine Association, Tuilaepa said: “I will make them lift in the women’s competition bringing in lots of gold medals”.