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Haiti

At a glance

Same-sex Relations for Men Legal Throughout the Country?

Yes

Same-sex Relations for Women Legal Throughout the Country?

Yes

Legal Gender Recognition Possible?

No

LGBTI Orgs Able to Register?

No

Actions Related to SOGI at the UN:

2016: Abstained from Voting IE SOGI

2019:

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Same-sex relations are legal in Haiti. In 2020, Haiti’s Penal Code was amended to oimposing fines on officiants who refuse to perfom weddings for same-sex couples. However, the penal code lacked democratic legitimacy as it was decreed by then-President Jovenal Moise without parliamentary approval, and it had not yet come into effect as of October 2022. Gaps in protection for LGBTIQ people remain. The laws  allow government officials to deny LGBTIQ Haitians the Certificate of Good Life and Morals, which is required by many employers and universities. The Chamber of Deputies has not voted on these laws, so they remain unenforceable, but are indicative of widespread political antipathy towards LGBTIQ people. LGBTIQ people experience harassment, discrimination, violence, and social stigmatization at the hands of authorities and private citizens.  The Catholic and Protestant Churches play a strong cultural role in Haiti, influencing norms around gender and sexuality. Prominent religious leaders publicly disparage LGBTIQ identities as immoral. LGBTIQ organizations have developed and grown in visibility in recent years, working toward decriminalization, greater social protections. However, ongoing political instability remains a challenge.

 

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