LGBT rights in Palau

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LGBT rights in Palau
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal
Gender identity/expression
Military service _
Discrimination protections No
Family rights
Recognition of
Adoption No

Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Palau since 23 July 2014, when the current penal code took effect.[1][2] Previously, male same-sex sex sexual activity was illegal and punishable by up to ten years in prison; however, female same-sex activity was legal.[3] In October 2011, the island's government promised the full decriminalisation.[4][5]

Palau’s constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Palau constitutionalized the same-sex marriage ban in 2008. The same-sex marriage ban was among the 22 amendments passed during the November 4, 2008 general election. [6]

Open displays of affection between same-sex partners may offend. [7]