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Same Sex Marriage Row:Yes, Or No?-Bainimarama Queries Prasad’s Stand On Issue

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s opposition to same sex marriage has attracted unprecedented public interest. This time, Opposition member and National Federation Party leader, Biman Prasad, has joined the fray and
09 Jan 2016 12:10
Same Sex Marriage Row:Yes, Or No?-Bainimarama Queries  Prasad’s Stand On Issue
Same Sex Marriage

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s opposition to same sex marriage has attracted unprecedented public interest.

This time, Opposition member and National Federation Party leader, Biman Prasad, has joined the fray and criticised Mr Bainimarama.

But Mr Bainimarama challenged Mr Prasad to let the country know of his stance on same sex marriage.

“Does he endorse same sex marriage or not?” the PM asked Mr Prasad.

“This is a clear indication of very indecisive leadership. Thank heavens they only got three seats in Parliament.”

He said this was the hallmark of the NFP as they were negative to anything the Government said, even if it was for the good of the country.

Mr Prasad said the PM “took everything out of context because Shamima Ali never said anything about same sex marriage to be allowed in Fiji”.

Mr Prasad added: “All I can say is that this issue has never been discussed before in Fiji and I don’t support him on this.

“Mr Bainimarama needed to be careful of what he said because he was chosen by the people and being the Prime Minister of this country, he must not make any personal view.”

When asked to elaborate, Mr Prasad said: “I have said what I said and I will not make any further comments.”

Mr Bainimarama has declared that there will be “no same sex marriage in Fiji.” He made the emphatic statement after watching a FBC TV programme, ‘4 The Record.’

The programme, which made references to the Constitution, equality and same sex marriage, featured Shamima Ali, the Fiji Women’s

Crisis Centre co-ordinator. Mr Bainimarama told Shamima Ali same sex marriage would not happen. “Not in her lifetime and not in ours.”

 

View of the churches

The general secretary of the Methodist Church in Fiji, Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa, said: “The Methodist Church in Fiji affirmed its doctrinal position that marriage is a sacred covenant that is expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity between a man and a woman.”

The church, he said, believed that God’s blessing rested upon such marriage.

“The church will continue to support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji national president Arun Padarath said: “It is against our culture and religion to allow same sex marriage.”

The Fiji Muslim League national president Hafiz Ud-dean Khan, shared the same position.

He agrees with Mr Bainimarama’s comment that same sex marriage should not be allowed in Fiji.

Mr Bainimarama said that should a woman want to marry another woman then they should go to Iceland and stay and live there.

Iceland is a country which allows same sex marriage.

 

Edited by Maikeli Seru

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