LGBT rights in Vanuatu

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LGBT rights in Vanuatu
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal
Gender identity/expression -
Recognition of
No recognition of same-sex couples
Adoption -
Military service -
Discrimination protections None

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Vanuatu 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.

Laws against homosexuality

There are no criminal laws against homosexuality in Vanuatu. Since 2007, the age of consent under the Criminal Cosolidation Act 2006 is 16, regardless of sex or sexual orientation Age of consent in Australia and Oceania#Vanuatu [1].

Recognition of same-sex relationships

Vanuatu does not recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships.

Discrimination protections

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

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