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LGBT rights in the British Virgin Islands are seen to be restricted in comparison to most Western countries.

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity Edit

Before 2000, anal sex was a criminal offense referred to as the crime of buggery under the British Virgin Islands Criminal Code. However, sexual acts between two consenting adult males in private were expressly decriminalized by an Order in Council in the British Virgin Islands (and other British Caribbean territories) by the British Government pursuant to the Caribbean Territories (Criminal Law) Order, 2000 Sections 3(1) and 3(7).[1] According to section 4 of the order, the law was passed retrospectively. There are two exceptions to the law: group sex, or sex in public, remains a criminal offense and may also lead to a charge under gross indecency between men and other minor sexual offense laws.[2]

As a British overseas territory, the British Virgin Islands Government is required to comply with their obligations under the international human rights instruments which have been extended to them. Specifically this includes an adherence to the European Convention on Human Rights which highlight a responsibility to ensure non-discrimination.[3]

Recognition of same-sex relationships Edit

Same-sex marriage in the British Virgin Islands is not legal under British Virgin Islands law. The British Virgin Islands is an extremely religious society,[4] and no discussion relating to legalization has yet occurred in the House of Assembly. Church leaders have indicated hostility towards the possibility of legalization,[5] and political leaders have taken an unsympathetic approach in public.[6] The Constitution does, however, prohibit discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation.[7]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Britain Scraps Homosexuality Laws. Glapn.org. Retrieved on 19 January 2011.
  2. Local News – British Virgin Islands. Island Sun. Retrieved on 19 January 2011.
  3. Country Profile: British Virgin Islands (British Overseas Territory). Fco.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved on 19 January 2011.
  4. The constitution of the Virgin Islands defines the country as one which "believes in God" (at section 2(1)).
  5. Church Leaders Hopeful BVI Will Stand Ground Against Same Sex Marriages. BVI Platinum news (2012-05-12).
  6. None Of Us Will Probably Vote For Same Sex Marriage - Health Minister. BVI Platinum News (2013-02-19).
  7. The Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007, sections 9 and 26.


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