LGBT rights in Andorra

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LGBT rights in Andorra
Location of  LGBT rights in Andorra  (green)in Europe  (dark grey)  –  [Legend]
Location of  LGBT rights in Andorra  (green)

in Europe  (dark grey)  –  [Legend]

Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal since 1790, age of consent equal
Gender identity/expression
Military service Has no army
Discrimination protections Sexual orientation protections (see below)
Family rights
Recognition of
Civil unions since 2005
Adoption Same-sex couples are not allowed to adopt.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Andorra may face some legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents.

Civil unions, which grant some benefits of marriage, are recognized.

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

The law prohibiting same-sex sexual activity was abolished in 1790.[1]

The age of consent is equal at 16, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender.[2]

Recognition of same-sex relationships[edit]

Same-sex couples can register their partnership under the name "Stable Union of a Couple" since 2005.[3] On 2 June 2014, following the earlier announcement,[4] the ruling Democrats for Andorra party introduced a bill to establish civil unions.[5] After months of consultation, the proposed civil unions would be equal to marriage in everything but name as the word "marriage" was one of the biggest causes of the Democrats for Andorra voting no on the failed same-sex marriage law. The Civil Union law would give gay couples joint adoption rights.[6][7] On 27 November 2014, the bill passed on a vote of 20 to 3 with several abstentions. It now awaits promulgation.

In December of 2014, one of the two co-princes, the Archbishop of Urgell, refused to sign the law. As only one signature is needed, the bill is now awaiting French president François Hollande's signature. It was explained that although a signature is still pending, the law came into force on 25 December 2014.[8]

Adoption and family planning[edit]

See also: LGBT parenting

In Andorra, same-sex couples are not allowed to adopt [9][10][11] because the adoption law only recognises this possibility for heterosexual couples.[9]

Immigration Equality[edit]

Andorra provides equal treatment to all citizens with respect to immigration and family unification, regardless of sexual orientation.

Discrimination protections[edit]

Andorra prohibits discrimination and hate crimes based on sexual orientation.[3]

Blood donation issues[edit]

Men who have sex with men (MSM) can donate blood to the Blood and Tissues Bank of Catalonia, but not to the Établissement Français du Sang in France.[3][12]

See also[edit]