Fiji's military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama appears at a press briefing in Suva, Fiji, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. Bainimarama renewed his attack on the government Wednesday, claiming that Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase had consistently lied, acted corruptly and ignored the rule of law by releasing perpetrators of the nation's May 2000 coup. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Go to Iceland, get married – and stay there!

That’s the explicit, homophobic message for same-sex couples from Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.


He described same-sex marriage as “rubbish” and declared it would not be happening in Fiji in his lifetime.

Mr Bainimarama made the comments in response to a TV program featuring the human rights advocate Shamima Ali.

Tell Shamima Ali there will be no same-sex marriage in Fiji, a topic pushed by NGOs (non-government organisations) such as hers under the issue of human rights,” he said.

Not in her lifetime and not in ours. They should not be confused with the wording of the constitution about the equality and love for one another.”

Mr Bainimarama said that any woman who wants to marry another woman should “go and have it done in Iceland and stay and live there”.

Ali, the chair of Fiji’s Coalition for Human Rights, said she was horrified at the Prime Minister’s comments, which she said showed extreme homophobia.

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