LGBT rights in the Cayman Islands
|LGBT rights in the Cayman Islands|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal since 2000|
|No recognition of same-sex couples|
|Statute bans same-sex marriage (see below)|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the Cayman Islands may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in the Cayman Islands, 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.
Homosexual acts were expressly decriminalized under the United Kingdom's Caribbean Territories (Criminal Law) Order, 2000.
Recognition of same-sex couples
A statutory ban on same-sex marriage was unanimously approved by the legislature in 2008. Several legislators stressed their views that such a ban would not be strong enough, and have proposed a constitutional ban on all same-sex unions to be discussed in the next session. A poll found that 40% of Cayman Islanders supported extending the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
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