LGBT rights in the Marshall Islands

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LGBT rights in the Marshall Islands
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal since 2005[1]
Discrimination protections No

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the Marshall Islands 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 since 2005. Age of consent is equal, regardless of sex.[1]

Discrimination protections[edit]

There is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.[1]

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes Since 2005
Equal age of consent Yes Since 2005
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

See also[edit]