LGBT rights in Sint Maarten

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LGBT rights in Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten in its region.svg
Same-sex sexual intercourse legal status Legal
Military service Yes
Discrimination protections No
Family rights
Recognition of
Same-sex marriages performed in the Netherlands recognized

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Sint Maarten may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Sint Maarten, but same-sex couples with Dutch nationality must travel to the Netherlands to get married and legal protection of marriage is not unconditional.

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Sint Maarten.[1] The age of consent is 15 and is equal for both heterosexual and homosexual intercourse.

Recognition of same-sex relationships[edit]

As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sint Maarten is obliged to recognize same-sex marriages registered in the other parts of the Netherlands.

In April 2015 representatives of all four constituent countries agreed that same-sex couples should have equal rights throughout the Kingdom.[2]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes
Equal age of consent Yes
Anti-discrimination laws in employment No
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services No
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas No
Same-sex marriages No/Yes (Proposed) /
Marriages performed within the Kingdom recognized[3]
Same-sex civil unions No (Proposed)
Step-child adoption by same-sex couples No
Joint adoption by same-sex couples No
Gays allowed to serve in the military Yes
Right to change legal gender No
Access to IVF for lesbians No
Commercial surrogacy for gays male couples No
MSMs allowed to donate blood No

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "State-sponsored Homophobia A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ (in Dutch)ECLI:NL:HR:2007:AZ6095