LGBT rights in Montenegro
|LGBT rights in Montenegro|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal since 1977,
age of consent equalized in 1977
|Military service||Gays and lesbians allowed to serve|
|Discrimination protections||Sexual orientation and gender identity (see below)|
|No recognition of same-sex relationships; same-sex marriage banned by the constitution|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Montenegro may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Montenegro, but households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex married couples.
Laws against homosexuality
Montenegro decriminalised homosexual sex in 1977 whilst it was SR Montenegro within SFR Yugoslavia. The age of consent (14) legislation was equalised in 1977. Homosexuals are not banned from military service.
Recognition of same-sex relationships
On 13 November 2012, the Deputy Prime Minister Dusko Markovic stated that the government will prepare the bill giving some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples.
On 27 July 2010, the Montenegrin Parliament passed a non-discrimination law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited grounds of discrimination. This was one of the requirements the country had to meet for European Union membership. While these written protections are in place violence and threats against the GLBTQ community has not resulted in prosecutions of the perpetrators. As a result the GLBTQ community continues to be highly vulnerable to threats and violent attacks.
First Gay Pride event in Montenegro was held on July 24, 2013 in the coastal town of Budva, and it has caused various reactions in public. On October 20, 2013, a Pride event took place in the capital city of Podgorica, where violent anti-gay protesters were arrested by police.
- Constitution of Montenegro
- Montenegro promises gay pride and some marriage rights
- Montenegro fulfils EU membership requirement and protects LGBT people from discrimination 28 July 2010.
- "Montenegro's gay pride march sparks violence". Al Jazeera. October 20, 2013.
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