LGBT rights in Vanuatu

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LGBT rights in Vanuatu
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal[1]
Discrimination protections No
Family rights
Recognition of
Adoption No

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Vanuatu may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex married couples.

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Vanuatu. Since 2007, the age of consent is equal, regardless of sex.[1]

Recognition of same-sex unions[edit]

Vanuatu does not recognise same-sex unions in any form.[2][3]

In October 2013, the Minister for Internal Affairs issued a warning, which says that pastors are not allowed to preside over same-sex marriages.[4]

Discrimination protections[edit]

There is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity[5]

Social conditions[edit]

Vanuatu is a socially conservative country. Gay and lesbian travellers (and citizens) are advised to avoid public displays of affection. There is no active gay scene in Vanuatu.[6]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes Since 2007
Equal age of consent Yes Since 2007
Anti-discrimination laws in employment only yes[7]
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 Emblem-question.svg
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

See also[edit]