Dominican Republic LGBT Laws

Age of Consent Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

The age of consent is equalized regardless of sexual orientation to 18 [R1.1]

R1.1 Wikipedia: “LGBT rights in the Dominican Republic” 01 JUN 08
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

Consensual sex between same-sex couples is lawful [R1.1].


Article 330 of the Penal Code prohibits “every violation of decorum and good behavior on public streets” with up to 2 years’ imprisonment [R1.2].

2. Police

It is reported that the National Police Law of 1954 forbids “sodomy”. According to this law, police men whose homosexual practice is “discovered”, are “publicly dishonored and dismissed” from the institution. The National Police By-Laws punishes sodomy among its members with 6 months to two years in prison [R2.1].

R1.1 ILGA: “State-Sponsored Homophobia” MAY 08
R1.2 GlobalGayz.com: “Gay Dominican Republic: New Surprises and Old Fears” SEP 06
R2.1 GlobalGayz.com: “Dominican Republic LGBT Movement–A Sociopolitical and Cultural Approach” 11 OCT 04
Military Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

On 13 June 2014, the national chief of police Manuel Castro and defense minister Sigfrido Pared were reported to have reiterated that the country will not allow gays and lesbians to serve in its police force or armed forces [R1.1]

R1.1 GayStarNews: Dominican Republic reiterates ban on gay cops and soldiers 13 JUN 14