Paraguay LGBT Laws

Age of Consent Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

Consensual sex between same-sex couples is reportedly lawful at age 16 years [R1.1].

R1.1 Worldwide Ages of Consent (Accessed 02 MAR 10)
Censorship, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Free Speech, Right of Assembly Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

On 20 October 2017, it was reported that a Russian style ‘gay propaganda’ ban in schools was passed and the Ministry of Education has stopped public schools from using or spreading materials on ‘gender ideology’, in an effort to promote ‘traditional values’ and the ‘traditional family’ [R1.1].

R1.1 GayStarNews: Paraguay passes Russia-style ban on ‘gay propaganda’ in schools 20 OCT 17
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
See also: [AGE OF CONSENT]
1. National

In 1880, consensual sex between same-sex couples is believed to have become lawful [R1.1].

R1.1 ILGA: State-Sponsored Homophobia PDF 700.06kb, MAY 09
Marriage Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

The Constitution of Parguay. Chapter IV About Family Rights [L1.2]

Article 49 About Protection of the Family. The family is the foundation of society. Its comprehensive protection will be promoted and guaranteed. This comprises the stable union of a man and a woman, their children, and the community formed with any of the ancestors or their descendants.

Article 50 About the Right To Constitute a Family. Everyone has the right to constitute a family, in a formation and development under which a man and a woman will have the same rights and obligations.

Article 51 About Legal Marriages and the Effects of Marriage-Like Partnership

(1) The law will establish the formalities to be observed for the marriage between a man and a woman, the requirements for contracting it, and the causes for separation or dissolution and its effects, as well as property management provisions and other rights and obligations between spouses.

(2) A marriage-like partnership between a man and a woman, having no legal impediments to getting married and being characterized by stability and monogamy, produces a similar effect to that of a legal marriage, in accordance with the provisions established by law.

Article 52 About the Union in Marriage. The union in marriage by a man and woman is one of the fundamental factors in the formation of a family.

In July 2010, it was reported that gay marriage was being considered but unlikely to eventuate [R1.1]

2. Courts & Tribunals

On 04 April 2013, Judge Nery Kunzle rejected Cazal Simon and Sergio Lopez’s request to register their Argentinian marriage, quoting articles 49, 50 and 51 of the constitution that states marriage is only formed by a man and a woman [R2.1].

L1.2 ICL: Paraguay – Constitution (Accessed 06 APR 13)
R1.1 OnTop Magazine: Argentine Neighbors Uruguay, Paraguay To Debate Gay Marriage 20 JUL 10
R2.1 PinkNews: Judge refuses to recognise gay couple’s marriage 05 APR 13