LGBT rights in East Timor
|LGBT rights in East Timor|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal|
|No recognition of same-sex couples|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in East Timor may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in East Timor, but same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex married couples.
As a mostly Catholic nation, homosexuality is a taboo subject in Timorese society.
Recognition of same-sex relationships
There is no legal recognition of same-sex marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships.
There is no legal protection based on sexual orientation or gender identity. There was a clause against discrimantion based on sexual orientation included in the project of timorese constitution but it was voted out by 52 out of 88 MPs before the constitution took effect in 2002.
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