Church in Fiji is again calling on the national government
to remove protections for gay citizens from its
constitution. Although there are laws on the books
prohibiting homosexual acts, Fiji's 1997 constitution
bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Methodist leaders in Fiji have been lobbying the
government to drop the antidiscrimination protections
since the constitution was ratified. Now the church is
stepping up its efforts.
Methodist Church president the Reverend Laisiasa
Ratabacaca said in a statement: "We are appealing to
the government to amend the part of the constitution
which states the issue--or entirely drop it."
A senior clergy member explained the church's
position to the Fiji Times, saying: "The divine law
of creation says that sex is from God, not meant only
for enjoyment but for procreation. And this
procreation is possible through the opposite sex."
(Sirius OutQ News)