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AG: No same sex union in draft law

Nasik Swami
Sunday, April 07, 2013

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji's draft constitution does not allow same sex marriage.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the laws in Fiji said that marriage was a union between a man and a woman.

"It does not say marriage is a union between a man and a man. It does not say marriage is a union between a woman and a woman.

"It says marriage is a union between a man and a woman," he said.

"Somebody may be homosexual it doesn't mean we discriminate against them, it doesn't mean we say to them you can't get a job, you can't go to the pub, or you have to go to the back of the queue and all those sorts of things."

He said the way the draft constitution had been drafted meant that people could not have same sex marriages.

"So you can be rest assured, I know a lot of the people talk about these things but we are talking about it freely here now."

Referring to the draft constitution he said there was a lot of grounds for people to be able to understand that they were not being discriminated against and that they had a right to recourse if they were being discriminated against.

"And you will also see that we have expanded the scope of what used to be the Fiji Human Rights Commission, now its called Human Rights and Anti Discrimination Commission."


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