Church urges Samoa government to refrain from discussing same-sex marriage

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa is to ask the Samoa Government to refrain from discussing same-sex marriage and transgender issues.

These developments follow discussions in Parliament earlier this month, during which, the Human Rights Protection Party deputy leader Lauofo Pierre Lauofo, said that Samoa's "third gender" is accepted into the community and society reports RNZ Pacific.

Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa has said previously that while Samoan law is vague on matters such as same-sex marriage, it is still illegal for people of the same sex to have intimate relationships.