LGBT rights in La Francophonie

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In much of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, including former colonies of France, same-sex sexual activity is not considered a criminal offense. This is due, in part, to the lack of existing anti-homosexuality laws at the time of French rule. However, in most of the member states, including those states in which same-sex sexual activity is not criminalized, social taboos against it remain. In a small minority of member states, same-sex couples are allowed the ability to register civil unions or marriages.

Protections by Member State

Note: † Signed UN General Assembly declaration in favour of LGBT rights. ‡ Signed alternative Statement against LGBT rights.

State Marriage Statement in support of LGBT rights LGBT sexual activity legal
Belgium Belgium Yes Yes Yes
Canada Canada Yes Yes Yes
France France Yes Yes Yes
Luxembourg Luxembourg Yes Yes Yes
Switzerland Switzerland Yes Yes Yes
Andorra Andorra Yes Yes Yes
Greece Greece Yes Yes Yes
Monaco Monaco No (Cohabitation Agreement) Yes Yes
Cambodia Cambodia No (Limited Recognition) No Yes
Cape Verde Cape Verde No Yes Yes
Seychelles Seychelles No Yes Yes
Albania Albania No Yes Yes
Bulgaria Bulgaria No Yes Yes
Moldova Moldova No Yes Yes
North Macedonia North Macedonia No Yes Yes
Romania Romania No Yes Yes
Benin Benin No No Yes
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso No No Yes
Central African Republic Central African Republic No Yes Yes
Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo No No Yes
Djibouti Djibouti No No Yes
Gabon Gabon No Yes Yes
Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau No Yes Yes
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo No No Yes
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast No No Yes
Madagascar Madagascar No No Yes
Mali Mali No No Yes
Niger Niger No No Yes
Rwanda Rwanda No Yes Yes
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe No Yes Yes
Haiti Haiti No No Yes
Laos Laos No No Yes
Vietnam Vietnam No Yes Yes
Armenia Armenia No Yes Yes
Vanuatu Vanuatu No Yes Yes
Burundi Burundi No No No
Cameroon Cameroon No No No
Chad Chad No No No
Comoros Comoros No No No
Egypt Egypt No No No
Guinea Guinea No No No
Mauritania Mauritania No No No/No
Morocco Morocco No No No
Senegal Senegal No No No
Tunisia Tunisia No No No
Lebanon Lebanon No No No
Togo Togo No No No
Dominica Dominica No Yes No
Mauritius Mauritius No Yes Yes
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia No No No (Male activity illegal)

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