• Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama in Auckland, New Zealand in 2014. (Getty Images)
Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama says same-sex marriage will not be legal in his lifetime and that gay couples should move to Iceland and stay there.
By
Drew Sheldrick

7 Jan 2016 - 9:27 AM  UPDATED 7 Jan 2016 - 9:27 AM

Prime minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama has slammed same-sex marriage as "rubbish" and advised same-sex couples to move to Iceland and stay there if they want marriage equality.

The Fiji Sun reports that Mr Bainimarama's statement was in response to calls for same-sex marriage on a Fijian television news program featuring the head of the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre, Shamima Ali.

“Tell Shamima Ali there will be no same sex marriage in Fiji, a topic pushed by NGOs such as hers under the issue of human rights," Bainimarama 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."

He said that any woman who wants to marry another woman should "go and have it done in Iceland and stay and live there".

“Fiji does not need that rubbish," he said.

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Iceland legalised same-sex marriage in 2010 and had the world's first openly lesbian head of government when Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir became prime minister in 2009.

Shamima Ali said Bainimarama's statement was "totally regressive", reports Radio New Zealand.

"It's extreme homophobia and really total disrespect for a community in Fiji, and it's just not in keeping with statements that government has been making in terms of human rights, and violence against women, and our aspiration to be on the UN Human Rights Council in the near future," she said.