LGBT rights in American Samoa

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LGBT rights in American Samoa
American Samoa (USA)
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal since 1980
Discrimination protections None
Family rights
Recognition of

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.

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in American Samoa since 1980.[1]

Recognition of same-sex relationships[edit]

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".[2]

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.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gay rights map: Notes on the data". BBC News. February 5, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "American Samoa Code Annotated, Title 42, Chapter 01 - Marriage". American Samoa Bar Association. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "American Samoa Senate rejects bill outlawing same sex marriages". Radio New Zealand International. March 20, 2003. Retrieved November 4, 2014.