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LGBT rights in the United States Virgin Islands

LGBT rights in the U.S. Virgin Islands
United States Virgin Islands (US)
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal since 1985
Discrimination protections None
Family rights
Recognition of
relationships
None
Adoption No restrictions

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. Virgin Islands face legal challenges and discrimination not faced by other people. Same-sex sexual activity is no longer criminalized, but the territory denies gays and lesbians the right to marry a same-sex partner and recognizes no other same-sex relationship. The Virgin Islands lacks a hate crimes statute and provides LGBT residents no protection against discrimination.

Laws regarding same-sex sexual activity

Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1985.[1]

Recognition of same-sex relationships

The statutes of the Virgin Islands state that "Marriage is hereby declared to be a civil contract which may be entered into between a male and a female in accordance with the law."[2]

In May 2014, Senator Judi Buckley introduced draft legislation in the [3]

In response, a group of church leaders organized One Voice Virgin Islands to oppose the legislation and plan a petition drive that aimed to collect 50,000 signatures.[3] The group authored a letter to V.I. officials that some of its members found objectionable because it included the suggestion that some government officials were homosexual.[3][4] The group's president, New Vision Ministries Pastor James Petty of St. Thomas, said: "We do not wish to be America's same-sex paradise".[3] Pastor Lennox Zamore said that he rejected the argument that legalizing same-sex marriage would benefit the local economy: "We don't want to balance our books by bringing the sex industry – whether it is same sex or not – to the Virgin Islands",[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Gay rights map: Notes on the data". BBC News. February 5, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Virgin Islands Code 16 V.I.C. ch. 2 § 31". Virgin Islands Code. LexisNexis. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Kane, Jenny (July 10, 2014). "Buckley's same-sex marriage bill sparks fierce debate". Virgin Islands Daily News. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Ellis, Susan (July 13, 2014). "Buckley: Marriage Equality Bill Unlikely to Pass Before She Leaves Office". St. Croix Source. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ Garner, James (July 24, 2014). One Voice' Rallies Against Marriage-Equality Bill"'". St. John Source. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
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