LGBT rights in the Federated States of Micronesia

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LGBT rights in Federated States of Micronesia
Federated States of Micronesia
Federated States of Micronesia
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal
Recognition of
No recognition of same-sex couples
Military service (see below)
Discrimination protections No

Homosexual activity is legal in the Federated States of Micronesia, LGBT individuals do not have any legal protections in terms of discrimination legislation or hate crimes.

Laws concerning homosexuality

The legality of same-sex activity remains unclear in the FSM. According to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, homosexuality remains a crime.[1] However, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS states that homosexuality "is not illegal" in any of the nation's states.[2] The latter of the two statements is the most commonly found.

Recognition of same-sex couples

There is no recognition of same-sex marriage, civil unions, or any other legal recognition for same-sex couples. It is unknown if there is a debate within the country to allow for such, nor is there information regarding Micronesian's attitudes towards such legislation. While same-sex marriage is not permissible, no law within the Federated States of Micronesia prohibits two people of the same gender from marrying,[3] thus making same-sex marriage de facto illegal.

Societal opinions

While holding hands with someone of the same sex is not frowned down upon in the Federated States of Micronesia, public displays of romantic same-sex affection is rarely apparent in public settings.[4] A UK-based travel group also wrote about the status almost identically, also citing that locals may be offended by open displays of romantic love between two people of the same sex.[5] According to a write-up from the United States Department of State, "There were no reports of societal violence or discrimination against homosexuals or against persons with HIV/AIDS."[6] Another publication released by the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health printed that both male and female homosexuality are legal.[7]

There have been reports of homosexuality being referred to as "abnormal" within adoloscent sex education programs.[8]

An evangelical pastor from The Salvation Army serving as a pastor in the FSM decried homophobia and conversion therapy and stated his belief that sexual orientation was predetermined.[9]

Military service

Currently, there is no active military for the Federated States of Micronesia, though should such a need arise, the United States is responsible for its defense per mutual agreement.[10]



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