LGBT rights in the Federated States of Micronesia

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LGBT rights in Federated States of Micronesia
Federated States of Micronesia
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal
Military service Has no military
Discrimination protections No
Family rights
Recognition of
relationships
No recognition of same-sex couples

While homosexual activity is legal in the Federated States of Micronesia, LGBT individuals do not have any legal protections in terms of discrimination legislation or hate crimes.

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity is legal.[1]

The states’ statutory rape laws apply to children age 13 and below in Chuuk, Yap, and Kosrae and age 15 and below in Pohnpei. [2]

Recognition of same-sex couples[edit]

There is no recognition of same-sex marriage, civil unions, or any other legal recognition for same-sex couples. It is unknown if there is a debate within the country to allow for such,[peacock term] nor is there information regarding Micronesian's attitudes towards such legislation. While same-sex marriage is not permissible, no law within the Federated States of Micronesia prohibits two people of the same gender from marrying,[3][not in citation given] thus making same-sex marriage de facto illegal.

Societal opinions[edit]

While holding hands with someone of the same sex is not frowned upon in the Federated States of Micronesia, public displays of romantic same-sex affection is rarely apparent in public settings.[4] A UK-based travel group also wrote about the status almost identically, also citing that locals may be offended by open displays of romantic love between two people of the same sex.[5] According to a write-up from the United States Department of State, "There were no reports of societal violence or discrimination against homosexuals or against persons with HIV/AIDS."[6] Another publication released by the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health printed that both male and female homosexuality are legal.[7]

There have been reports of homosexuality being referred to as "abnormal" within adoloscent sex education programs.[8]

An evangelical pastor from The Salvation Army serving as a pastor in the FSM decried homophobia and conversion therapy and stated his belief that sexual orientation was predetermined.[9]

Military service[edit]

Currently, there is no active military for the Federated States of Micronesia, though should such a need arise, the United States is responsible for its defense per mutual agreement.[10]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes
Equal age of consent Yes
Anti-discrimination laws in employment only Emblem-question.svg
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services Emblem-question.svg
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (Incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) Emblem-question.svg
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 Emblem-question.svg
Access to IVF for lesbians No
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples No
MSMs allowed to donate blood No

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