LGBT rights in Palau

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LGBT rights in Palau
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal
Gender identity/expression
Military service Has no military
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 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 ban was among the 22 amendments passed during the November 4, 2008 referendum.[6][7]

Open displays of affection between same-sex partners may offend.[8]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes Since 2014
Equal age of consent Yes Since 2014
Anti-discrimination laws in employment only No
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services No
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (Incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) No
Same-sex marriage No (Constitutional ban since 2008)
Recognition of same-sex couples No
Step-child adoption by same-sex couples No
Joint adoption by same-sex couples No
Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military Has no military
Right to change legal gender No
Access to IVF for lesbians No
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples No
MSMs allowed to donate blood No