Report – By Michael Sergel and Finian Scott
A Micronesian senator has used a forum of Pacific leaders in Wellington to congratulate Louisa Wall and the New Zealand people for “giving equality a chance”.
Speaking less than 40 hours after the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill, David Panuelo – a male senator from Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia – addressed Louisa Wall directly when he told delegates that he admired New Zealand’s courageous and committed stance on what he said was a “sensitive issue” in his own country.
While he did not explicitly support similar legislation in the federation – where homosexuality is legal but taboo – he used his speech to the Pacific Parliamentary and Political Leaders Forum to argue passionately for moving closer to gender equality in the Pacific. Read more »