Palau LGBT Laws

Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

On 29 April 2014, the new criminal law decriminalizing consensual sex between same-sex couples was signed into law by President Tommy Remengesau Jr and came into effect on 23 July 2014 [R1.3].


Consensual sex between same-sex couples was unlawful [R1.2]

Palau National Code; Penal Code

§ 2803 Sodomy.

Every person who shall unlawfully and voluntarily have any sexual relations of an unnatural manner with a member of the same or the other sex, or shall have any carnal connection in any manner with a beast, shall be guilty of sodomy, and upon conviction thereof be imprisoned for a period of not more than 10 years; provided, that the term “sodomy” shall embrace any and all parts of the sometimes written “abominable and detestable crime against nature”.

In October 2011, the government reportedly had agreed to decrimalize homosexuality [R1.1].

R1.3 GayStarNews: Palau legalizes gay sex 15 OCT 14
R1.2 ILGA: State-sponsored Homophobia PDF 380.51kb, MAY 11
R1.1 Care2: Seychelles to Decriminalize Homosexuality, Other Countries Say No 05 OCT 11