LGBT rights in the Cook Islands

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LGBT rights in the Cook Islands
Cook Islands
Cook Islands
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Male illegal
Female not mentioned
Recognition of
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.[1] 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,[2] while indecency between males is punishable by up to five years' imprisonment.[3] 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,"[4] and to legislatively define the gender of transsexuals.

Civil unions are not recognized (even though they are in New Zealand).

Discrimination protections

Currently, there are no laws against discriminating against a person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

See also


  1. Homosexuality World legal wrap up survey. International Lesbian and Gay Association (2006). Retrieved on 209-07-14.
  2. Crimes Act 1969, section 155.
  3. Crimes Act 1969, section 154.
  4. Marriage Amendment Act 2007


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