LGBT rights in Liechtenstein

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LGBT rights in Liechtenstein
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal since 1989,
age of consent equalized in 2001
Gender identity/expression -
Recognition of
No recognition of same-sex couples
Adoption -
Military service Not applicable (country has no army)
Discrimination protections No anti-discrimination laws currently (see below)

Laws against homosexuality

Homosexuality was legalised in 1989, though the age of consent was not equalized until 2001. In 2001, the penal code was revised and all discrimination against gays was removed.

Recognition of same-sex relationships

There is no legal recognition of same-sex couples. In 2001 the Freie Liste, one of the three political parties in the country, worked on a draft for a same-sex partnership law. The paper was accepted by the Liechtenstein Parliament and given to the government to give a statement about it. The Penal Code since 2002 includes same-sex domestic partners in the definition of 'next of kin'. The proposed Registered Partnership Bill was rejected by the Parliament in summer 2003. A new proposal by the Freie Liste was adopted by the Liechtenstein parliament with an overwhelming majority on 24 October 2007. The Liechtenstein government will introduce another drafted Registered Partnership Bill 2010 (that is based on the Austrian and Swiss models) to the Parliament in Summer 2010 by Minister of Justice Aurelia Frick Recognition of same-sex unions in Liechtenstein.

Discrimination protections

An anti-discrimination law that includes both sexual orientation and gender identity is currently being considered under a draft law called the Elimination Of Discrimination Bill 2010.

Living conditions

A gay and lesbian organization, FLay, was founded in 1998 and organizes social activities for GLT people in the triangle Liechtenstein, Vorarlberg (Austria) and the Swiss Rhine Valley. [1]

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