LGBT rights in Antigua and Barbuda

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LGBT rights in Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Illegal
Penalty:
Up to 15 years imprisonment
Family rights
Recognition of
relationships
No

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Antigua and Barbuda face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT citizens. Same-sex sexual acts are illegal in Antigua and Barbuda.

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Two sections of the Sexual Offences Act, 1995 relate to same-sex sexual acts:

Section 12. (1) A person who commits buggery is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment -

(a) for life, if committed by an adult on a minor;

(b) for fifteen years, if committed by an adult on another adult;

(c) for five years, if committed by a minor.

(2) In this section "buggery" means sexual intercourse per anum by a male person with a male person....[1]

Section 15. (1) A person who commits an act of serious indecency on or towards another is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment -

(a) for ten years, if committed on or towards a minor under sixteen years of age;

(b) for five years, if committed an or towards a person sixteen years of age of more....

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(3) An act of "serious indecency" is an act, other than sexual intercourse (whether natural or unnatural), by a person involving the use of the genital organ for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire.[1]

"Repeat Offenders" of buggery also get placed on the Sex Offenders Register for the remainder of their life.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sexual Offences Act
  2. ^ Ottosson, Daniel (May 2009). "State-sponsored Homophobia: A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults". International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA). pp. Page 13. Retrieved 19 May 2009.