LGBT rights in Guernsey

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LGBT rights in Guernsey
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal since 1984, age of consent equal since 2010
Military service UK military since 2000
Discrimination protections Yes, since 2004
Family rights
Adoption No

Lesbian, gay, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Guernsey may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity for both men and women is legal in Guernsey, but households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples.

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Prior to September 1984, Same-sex sexual activity was illegal; after decriminalization, the age of consent was set at 21 (in line with the UK at that time). In 1998, the age of consent for male homosexual acts was lowered to 18. In 2010, the age of consent was lowered to 16, became gender-neutral for all sexual conduct, regardless of gender and/or sexual orientation.[1] However, Guernsey retains male homosexual specific offences in its criminal law.[2]

Recognition of same-sex relationships[edit]

There is no civil marriage for same sex couples in Guernsey. Nor is there any provision for civil partnerships. However, civil partnerships performed in the United Kingdom are recognised for succession purposes in inheritance and other matters respecting interests in property since April 2012.[3][4]

Discrimination protections[edit]

Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender reassignment is banned since 2004.[5]

Adoption and parenting[edit]

Although same-sex couples can't legally adopt, lesbian couples can have access to IVF and artificial insemination.

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes (since 1984)
Equal age of consent Yes (since 2010)
Anti-discrimination laws in employment only Yes (since 2004)
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services Yes (since 2004)
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) No
Same-sex marriages No
Recognition of same-sex couples (e.g. civil partnerships) Yes/No (inheritance and other matters respecting interests in property only)
Step-child adoption by same-sex couples No
Joint adoption by same-sex couples No
Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military Yes (UK responsible for defence)
Right to change legal gender Yes (since 2007)
Access to IVF for lesbians Yes (since 2009)
MSMs allowed to donate blood No
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples No (banned for heterosexual couples as well)

See also[edit]