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Legalizing Same-Sex marriages 'not on my agenda at all'– Premier

Legalizing Same-Sex marriages 'not on my agenda at all'– Premier

The territory’s leader said making same-sex marriages acceptable in the Virgin Islands is against his religious beliefs and is not something that is currently on the Government's agenda.

Premier and Minister for Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) told reporters during a press conference on Friday, November 26, 2021, that as a result, making it legal is not among his immediate plans as the leader of the country.

“I have always made it clear my religious beliefs doesn’t allow me to move in that direction. So I would have to see what’s happening but that has been Andrew A. Faihie’s mindset.”

He stated that despite his mindset, there are legal challenges with this particular issue, and “we will have to see how that goes.”

Premier Andrew A. Fahie said said his beliefs did not mean that he was against persons who are openly gay.


Nothing against persons


Hon Fahie also said his beliefs did not mean that he was against persons who are openly gay.

“It is nothing against the persons, I want you to understand I don’t ever look down on anyone, we all have our own religious beliefs. But, I don’t believe in hiding what I am doing and sometimes it is taken out of context by those who want to create mischief."

Hon Fahie continued, " I think everyone is God’s children and he loves us all and it is up to us what we want to do and I wish everyone well no matter what they choose, I am not against persons as individuals but just in terms of my religious upbringing I stated that but I really do respect each and every individual, man or woman.”

Not on agenda


“I would say right now I don’t see it as something that I will be pushing … It is not one of those things on my agenda at all, and it is no offense to anyone. I know that these things create some stir but at the end of the day I don’t want persons to be wondering what I am thinking, it is not one of those things on my agenda,” the premier asserted.

More and more countries are making it acceptable and legal for persons of the same sex to marry

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