Samoan fa’afaine don’t want gay marriage

Fa'afaine, a third gender culture unique to Samoa, say they don't want gay marriage despite former colonial rulers New Zealand legalizing it

Samoan fa’afaine don’t want gay marriage
26 April 2013

The head of a group speaking out for the rights of Fa’afafine, a third gender culture unique to Samoa, say that gay marriage is low on their list of priorities.

Roger Stanley, President of the Samoa Fa’afaine Association (SFA), spoke to Radio Australia yesterday about same-sex marriage following its legalization by Samoa’s former colonial ruler, New Zealand, and France, which still rules some of Samoa’s island neighbors in Polynesia.

‘It’s a very delicate time and we don’t want for the gay marriage to push out our other issues,’ said Stanley, referring to a crime ordinance bill that proposes to de-criminalize female impersonation, indecent acts between males and sodomy in Samoa.

Stanley said Samoa’s prime minister Tuilaepa Aiona Sailele Malielegaoi, who is patron of SFA, is against gay marriage and Christian Samoan culture would have trouble accepting it.

However historically fa’afaine are accepted in Samoan society.

‘We fit very well and we are very much part of the society, so it’s a matter of us trying to stick to that way,’ said Stanley. ‘And I think we are far much better off this way than supporting the case of gay marriage… we are happily living in harmony here in Samoa, so we just don’t want to stir things up.’ 

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Suspect in anti-gay Philadelphia attack suspended from job

Earlier today, 25 September, Knott posted a bond of $50,000 (€39,000)
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Barbra Streisand touts Barack Obama's record on LGBT issues in video

Tells US voters: 'In this good man, we have a president we can trust'
No thumbnail available

Romance, goat’s cheese and a peaceful retreat in the French hills

The Le Couvent d’Hérépian, a boutique spa hotel in a former convent, is the ultimate gateway to enjoy the stunning countryside and delicious food of the High Languedoc
No thumbnail available

Italian footballer 'regrets' controversy after he said he hopes no 'queers' are on his team

Antonio Cassano: 'Homophobia is a sentiment that is not mine'
No thumbnail available

In Cameroon drinking Baileys could land you in jail for gay sex

Lawyer says being a male hairdresser or drinking a 'woman's drink' can be used as evidence of homosexuality in court
No thumbnail available

American Idol alum Todrick Hall stars as Cinderfella in new video

He turns classic fairy tale into pro-gay marriage morality tale
No thumbnail available

ErdoÄŸan shown to have rooted for LGBT rights

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan has been taped supporting LGBT rights in the past, but his ruling party is now against recognizing sexual orientation and gender identity
No thumbnail available

Jodie Harsh rallies the troops to support London’s gay pride

Pride bosses need to raise more cash and get a small army of volunteers to make the event go ahead in the UK capital
No thumbnail available

Cebu is first city in the Philippines to approve anti-discrimination law

Second city in the Philippines approves anti-discrimination law thanks to LGBT rights groups