LGBT rights in the Northern Mariana Islands

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
LGBT rights in Northern Mariana Islands
Northern Mariana Islands
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal for both men and women since 1983
Gender identity/expression
Discrimination protections No
Family rights
Recognition of
Adoption No

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the Northern Mariana Islands face legal challenges and discrimination not faced by other people. The territory denies gays and lesbians the right to marry a same-sex partner and has no hate crimes statute.

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in the Northern Marianas since 1983.[1] Any person who participates in an act of sodomy or oral sex with a person under eighteen years of age is subject to punishment by imprisonment for not more than five years.[2]

Recognition of same-sex relationships[edit]

There is no prohibition on same-sex marriage in the law of the territory, nor do the statutes specify the sex of the parties to a marriage.[3]

Decisions of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that found same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho unconstitutional are binding precedent on federal courts in the Northern Marianas.[4]


  1. ^ "Gay rights map: Notes on the data". BBC News. February 5, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Office of the Governor: Criminal Code, Section 407 et seq., accessed November 5, 2014
  3. ^ "Commonwealth Code". Northern Mariana Islands Law Revision Commission. Retrieved November 5, 2014.  Title 8, Chapter 2, Article 1 Marriage
  4. ^ Wetzstein, Cheryl (October 8, 2014). "Gay marriages in Idaho put on hold by Justice Kennedy". Washington Times. Retrieved November 5, 2014.