LGBT rights in the Central African Republic
|LGBT rights in the Central African Republic|
Central African Republic
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal|
|Military service||Unknown if gays and lesbians are allowed to serve openly|
|Discrimination protections||None (see below)|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the Central African Republic may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in the Central African Republic, but same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples.
Laws regarding homosexuality
There is no law against homosexuality. Homosexual behaviour is not mentioned as a criminal offence in the penal code. The age of consent is equalized.
According to the U.S. State Department, the CAR penal code criminalizes homosexual behavior. The penalty for "public expression of love" between persons of the same sex is imprisonment for six months to two years or a fine of between 150,000 and 600,000 CFA francs (between $334 and $1,334). When the relationships involve a child, the sentence is two to five years imprisonment, or a fine of 100,000 to 800,000 CFA francs ($222 and $1,775); however, there were no reports that police arrested or detained persons they believed to be involved in homosexual activity.
Recognition of same sex relationships
There is no legal recognition of same-sex couples.
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