LGBT rights in the Comoros

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LGBT rights in Comoros Comoros
Same-sex sexual intercourse legal status Illegal[1]
5 years imprisonment, fine[2]

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Comoros face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Comoros has laws applying to acts considered to be against nature. The age of consent is thirteen.

Law regarding same-sexual activity

Both male and female sexual acts considered to be against nature are illegal in Comoros. Such acts are punished with up to five years imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 to 1,000,000 francs.[3][4]

Recognition of same-sex relationships

There is no recognition of legal rights for same-sex couples.

Discrimination protections

There is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Living conditions

The U.S. Department of State's 2010 Human Rights Report found that "persons engaging in homosexual activity did not publicly discuss their sexual orientation due to societal pressure. There are no lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations in the country."[5]

Summary table

Same-sex sexual activity legal No (Penalty: 5 years imprisonment and/or fine)
Equal age of consent No
Anti-discrimination laws in employment only No
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services No
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) No
Same-sex marriages No
Recognition of same-sex couples No
Step-child adoption by same-sex couples No
Joint adoption by same-sex couples No
Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military Emblem-question.svg
Right to change legal gender No
Access to IVF for lesbians No
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples No
MSMs allowed to donate blood No

See also


  1. ^ "State-Sponsored Homophobia" (PDF). International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  2. ^ "State-sponsored Homophobia: A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2012.
  3. ^ "State-Sponsored Homophobia" (PDF). International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Penal Code of the Federal Islamic Republic of Comoros". Comoros Law. Archived from the original on 28 September 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2008.
  5. ^ COMOROS
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