LGBT people in the U.S. territory of American Samoa face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity became legal in the state in 1980, but same-sex couples are not eligible for the rights and benefits available to different-sex married couples.
The American Samoa Code Annotated does not specify the sex of the parties to a marriage, but refers to the age of "the male" and "the female". It prescribes the use of a form in which the parties identify the parents to whom they are related as "son " and as "daughter".
Representative Sua Carl Schuster introduced legislation to ban same-sex marriage in 2003. He said he hoped to establish the territory's position clearly in order to avoid lawsuits like those in the mainland United States. Many supporters of the bill cited their Christian faith as their reason for supporting his proposal. The House Judiciary Committee voted against it and then the full Senate did so.