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Same-sex marriage in Mauritius

In Mauritius same-sex relationships are not legally recognised and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights in Mauritius are legally complicated and somewhat vague. While the LGBT community are protected from discrimination by law and individuals have a constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy, and Mauritius was one of 65 countries that signed the UN Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, at the same time, 'sodomy' remains illegal. Furthermore despite a generally young and progressive population, Mauritian society is relatively conservative and public displays of affection, regardless of sexual orientation are not advised. Consequently, those who maintain a gay lifestyle often do so secretly. The tourism industry however is more progressive and there are not usually any problems with same-sex couples sharing hotel rooms and many hotels offer honeymoons for same-sex couples and weddings, though because of Mauritius law they are not legally recognised and the Civil Status Office will not conduct same-sex marriages.

In Mauritius, same-sex marriage is still silent on the topic of homosexuality, gender identity and sodomy. It is still illegal and banned by the laws of the country. Do you think it’s for the near future? We do assume that everyone has the right to have his own preference and live life the way he wants. Evidently, there were supporters and just as many people ready to march in the streets about it. Furthermore, even there are no government approval but there are some who simply did it.