Same-sex sexual activity is legal in American Samoa, being legalized in 1889, but same-sex couples and families headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for all of the same protections available to opposite-sex married couples.
Recognition of same-sex relationships Edit
A bill that would have banned the recognition of same-sex marriages in the territory was killed by the American Samoa Senate in 2003 after the House judiciary committee recommended for it to be killed. The bill was introduced by Sua Carl Schuster, who hoped to prevent a possible legal battle in the territory similar to recent court battles in the mainland United States. Many supporters of the bill cited their Christian faith as their reason for support of the proposed bill.
Same-sex unions in the United States
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