You Better be Dreaming

            “As long as I live and until kingdom comes, gay marriage will never be allowed in Samoa, never.” the Prime Minister Tuilaepa reassured the people. Gay marriage has been whispered discussions among the homosexuals in the Samoan islands, because they will always know that gay marriage is against everything Samoa stands for. The culture and it’s uniqueness is founded only and only on what the motto yells, “Samoa, muamua le Atua” Samoa, God first. Although American Samoa’s constitution is no different from what the United States Constitution offer, human rights, nevertheless the territory’s governance is under the Matai system and the belief in God, and same sex marriage stands against all its morals. We all know that same sex marriage has been discussed and in the United States legalized, but before our government go into any effect, we should ask ourselves if same-sex marriage a moral, civilized, or religious way of settling human rights cries.

            Same-sex sexual activity is legal in American Samoa, being legalized in 1889, but same-sex couples are not eligible for all of the same protections available to heterosexual married couples. Marriage in the worldwide dictionary is defined as, the formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife. Marriage is the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family. Although some same sex marriages may be capable of coping financially, the negative influence on children raised in their household has been statistically proven. Not only would same sex families deal with negative connotations in terms of their children but would likely face endless blames and stared-eyes.

The Christian Holy Bible is very dear to the people in the Pacific, especially American Samoa, the famous bible verse used against homosexuality states, You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. They say the Bible is a weak argument because it is of a religious faith and was derived and written by mortal men, but makes it different from the Constitution? The constitution is of government faith written also by mortal men. What I am trying to say is, if the constitution is to the government what the bible is to the Christians, what makes the bible a weak argument, therefore with opinion set aside, same sex marriage is an abomination according to Paul’s writings to Leviticus.

            What makes American Samoa different from all the other United States territories is the distinctiveness of their Government which is still under the culturally ruled Matai system. Because it is the culture, legalizing same sex marriage would refute everything about it. The Samoan culture is comprised of virtues and ideas such as respect and family. Relationship between a female and a male is distinctively recognized and any disrespect shown by the opposite sex towards one another is considered evil and punishments and consequence will be severe and compulsory. The Samoan culture is founded on the significance and importance of family or aiga, an aiga consists of a mother, father, and child(ren). What kind of a Samoan would be in the right mind to imagine a family with a father, father, and child(ren) or mother, mother, and child(ren). If you are reading this, picture in your mind what I just previously said then you can ask someone for Tylenol or Advil for severe headaches. Yes, the subject is a headache, even the mention of it can be a start of it.

            Our forefathers did not just half-heartedly sign the contract to be under the United States with some privileges offered for no reason at all. Maybe they foresaw how the Westerners would take over and the subject of gay marriage becoming a conversation. Maybe they knew how we would assimilate without hesitation. Maybe they were crazy for bring the reason why we are not born as US citizen but rather US nationals but they were in the right mind. For as the storms of legalizing gay marriages maybe destructive, American Samoa, a territory under the one nation that legalized gay marriage, stand its ground on the sure foundation of culture and religion that same-sex marriage, “until kingdom comes” would never be legalized, ever.





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