LGBT rights in the Cook Islands
|LGBT rights in the Cook Islands|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Male illegal|
Female not mentioned
|No recognition of same-sex couples|
|Marriage Act limits marriage to man/woman|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the Cook Islands may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Homosexuality is illegal for males in the Cook Islands, though female homosexual acts are not mentioned. Same-sex marriage is outlawed.
Laws against homosexuality
Male homosexuality is illegal in the Cook Islands. Consensual male sodomy is punishable by up to seven year's imprisonment, while indecency between males is punishable by up to five years' imprisonment. It is unknown whether these laws are currently enforced.
Recognition of same-sex relationships
Same-sex marriage was outlawed by the Marriage Amendment Act 2000. The law was clarified in 2007 to state that "no person shall be permitted to marry another person who is of the same gender as him or herself," and to legislatively define the gender of transsexuals.
Civil unions are not recognized (even though they are in New Zealand).
Currently, there are no laws against discriminating against a person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
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