LGBT rights in Vanuatu

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LGBT rights in Vanuatu
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal[1]
Discrimination protections No
Family rights
Recognition of
Adoption No

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Vanuatu may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex married couples.

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Vanuatu. Since 2007, the age of consent is equal, regardless of sex.[1]

Recognition of same-sex unions[edit]

Vanuatu does not recognize same-sex unions in any form.[2][3]

In October 2013, the Minister for Internal Affairs issued the warning, which says that pastors are not allowed to preside over same-sex marriages.[4]

Discrimination protections[edit]

There is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity[5]

See also[edit]