LGBT rights in the Solomon Islands

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LGBT rights in Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Illegal[1]
Up to 14 years
Gender identity/expression
Family rights

Lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Solomon Islands are limited, with same-sex sexual activity being illegal since its criminalisation in the 1880s.[1][2]

Engaging in anal sex acts with another person is punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment under Section 160, Chapter 26 of the Penal Code of Solomon Islands. Attempting anal intercourse can be punished by up to seven years imprisonment. Acts of "gross indecency", even in private, can be punished with five years imprisonment.[1] However, the United States Department of State reported that there were no reports in 2010,[3] 2011,[4] 2012,[5] or 2013[6] of arrests or prosecutions directed at LGBT people.

The Law Reform Commission proposed legalising gay and lesbian status in December 2008, but the move was strongly opposed.[7] The government told the United Nations in 2011 that it had no intention of decriminalising homosexuality.[8]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal No (Penalty: Up to 14 years imprisonment)
Equal age of consent No
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 marriages No
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

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