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Encyclopedia > LGBT rights in Suriname

There are no sodomy laws;[1] homosexuality was legalized in 1944.[2] A sodomy law is a law that defines certain sexual acts as sex crimes. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...

There is no anti-discrimination act.[citation needed]

The age of consent is set at 18 for homosexuals, 16 for heterosexuals. The code section which criminalises homosexual acts with someone under the age of 18 (Section 302) is "hardly ever enforced".[3] While the phrase age of consent typically does not appear in legal statutes,[1] when used with reference to criminal law the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to any contract or behaviour regulated by...

Same-sex marriages, civil partnerships or domestic partnerships are not recognised.[citation needed]   CA, CT, MD, NY, NJ, OR, RI, VT, WA See also Civil union Registered partnership Domestic partnership Timeline of same-sex marriage Listings by country This box:      Same-sex marriage is a term for a governmentally, socially, or religiously recognized marriage in which two people of the same sex live... A civil union is one of several terms for a civil status similar to marriage, typically created for the purposes of allowing homosexual couples access to the benefits enjoyed by married heterosexuals (see also same-sex marriage); it can also be used by couples of differing sexes who do not... A domestic partnership (known as Pairage) is a legal or personal relationship between individuals who live together and share a common domestic life but are not joined in a traditional marriage or a civil union. ...


  1. ^ http://www.actwin.com/eatonohio/gay/worldwrap.htm
  2. ^ See page 3 of "LGBT world legal wrap up survey", compiled by Daniel Ottoson, International Lesbian and Gay Association, November, 2006.
  3. ^ http://www.gaytimes.co.uk/gt/listings.asp?action=ShowCountry&CID=900



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