LGBT rights in Suriname

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LGBT rights in Suriname
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal[1], but age of consent not equalized
Gender identity/expression -
Recognition of
No recognition of same-sex couples
Adoption -
Discrimination protections None

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Suriname may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in Suriname, though the age of consent is 2 years higher than for opposite-sex sexual activity.

Laws against homosexuality

There are currently no laws against homosexual relationships and sodomy.[2]

The age of consent is set at 18 for homosexuals, 16 for heterosexuals. The code section which criminalises homosexual acts with someone under the age of 18 with up to four years imprisonment (Section 302) is rarely enforced.[3]

Recognition of same-sex relationships

Same-sex marriages, civil partnerships or domestic partnerships are not recognised.

Discrimination protections

There are no anti-discrimination laws, nor are LGBT people protected from discrimination.

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