Outlying Area

  • Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
  • Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
  • Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
  • Adoption
    ✖ Illegal
  • Discrimination
    Illegal in some contexts
  • Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Housing Discrimination
    Ambiguous
  • Military
    ✔ Legal
  • Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
  • Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
  • Conversion Therapy
    Ambiguous

History

Homosexual activity in American Samoa

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Current status
(since 1980)
Legal
Homosexual acts were legalized prior to the federal ruling which legalized homosexuality for all federal jurisdictions in 2003.
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Same-sex marriage in American Samoa

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Current status
(since Jun 10, 2015)
Unrecognized
Gay Marriage and Unions Pending.
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Until Jun 26, 2015
Unrecognized
Same-sex marriage is not legal, and since American-Samoa has no federal courts, it is unclear if they can be sued for marriage equality at the state level as other states have done. However, due to Supreme Court case, United States vs. Windsor, legally married couples are granted at the federal level. This would include people from American-Samoa if it were recognized.
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Right to change legal gender in American Samoa

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Current status
Legal, surgery not required
Under USA Sex change law amendment. Missing non binary option on documents.
Sources:
No
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Same-sex adoption in American Samoa

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Current status
(since Jan 1, 2017)
Single only
Under American Samoa territory law. legal under federal law.
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Current status
Illegal
No LGBT adoption laws.
Sources:
No
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Current status
Illegal
No LGBT adoption laws.
Sources:
No
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LGBT discrimination in American Samoa

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Current status
Illegal in some contexts
Only protection for employment. under federal hate crime laws.
Sources:
No
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LGBT employment discrimination in American Samoa

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Current status
Ambiguous
Some under federal hate crime laws.
Sources:
No
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Current status
No protections
No
Sources:
No
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Current status
No protections
No
Sources:
No
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Current status
No protections
No
Sources:
No
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LGBT housing discrimination in American Samoa

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Current status
Ambiguous
Unknown.
Sources:
No
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in American Samoa

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Current status
(since Sep 20, 2012)
Legal
Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.
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Equal age of consent in American Samoa

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Current status
(since Jan 1, 1980)
Equal
No
Sources:
No
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Blood donations by MSMs in American Samoa

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Jan 1, 1983–Sep 8, 2018
Banned (1-year deferral)
Under FDA ruling.
Sources:
No
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Current status
(since 1983)
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Ban on blood donations from MSMs applies to any man who has had sex, even once, with another man on or after January 1, 1977.
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Conversion therapy in American Samoa

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Current status
Ambiguous
Unknown.
Sources:
No
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