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