Liechtenstein LGBT Laws

Age of Consent Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

In 2001, the age of consent was equalised and sexual intercourse is permissible at 14 years if the disparity in age in relation to the partner is not more than three years [R1.1].

R1.1 Interpol: Sexual offences against children
Assisted Reproduction Technology
Artificial Insemination, In Vitro Fertilisation, Surrogacy
Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

In December 2001, a proposal that gay couples should be allowed to have test-tube children was not approved [R1.1].

R1.1 RTE OnLine News: Liechtenstein Moves on Rights for Gay Couples 13 DEC 01
Civil Unions, Partners: Domestic, Registered Legislation/Cases/References
See also: [INHERITANCE] [MARRIAGE] [ PROPERTY]
1. National

On 19 June 2011, 68.8% of voters backed a new law giving gay and lesbian couples the right to formally register their partnership and equal rights with heterosexual couples in inheritance, social security, immigration and taxation, though excluding adoption of children and access to reproductive medical services [R1.5].

On 21 April 2011, anti-gay forces secured enough signatures to force the same-sex registered-partnership law passed 16 March to be put to a referendum vote in June 2011 [R1.4].

On 16 March 2011, the Parliament approved on second reading the law that allows civil unions between same sex partners. The law does not allow adoption or reproductive rights, but does provide parity with opposite sex married couples for inheritance, social security law, in occupational pension plans, the Immigration and Naturalization law, tax law and other public law and will take effect on 01 September 2011 [R1.3].

On 24 October 2007, a Registered Partnership motion was adopted by the parliament but has yet to become law [R1.2].

In December 2001, a draft law, which would give gay couples the same tax, residence, and insurance status as married people, was approved by parliament and was waiting ratification [R1.1].

The proposal that they also be allowed to adopt children and have test-tube children was not passed.

R1.5 The Washington Post: Liechtenstein voters overwhelmingly back gay partnership law challenged by religious groups 20 JUN 11
R1.4 PrideSource: Liechtenstein to hold voter referendum on partnership law 02 MAY 11
R1.3 Box Turtle Bulletin: Liechtenstein parliament approves same-sex partner recognition 21 MAR 11
R1.2 ILGA-Europe: Marriage & Partnership Rights …
R1.1 RTE OnLine News: Liechtenstein Moves on Rights for Gay Couples 13 DEC 01
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

In 1989, consensual sex between same-sex couples was decriminalised [R1.1].

R1.1 ILGA: State-Sponsored Homophobia PDF 788.40kb, MAY 10
Parenting, Adoption, Fostering Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

In December 2001, a proposal to amend the law to allow gay couples to adopt children was approved and was awaiting ratification [R1.1].

R1.1 RTE OnLine News: Liechtenstein Moves on Rights for Gay Couples 13 DEC 01