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13 Nov 2006

Update on legal age
Slipping in through the back door, with the changes introduced by the Sexual Offences Act, and nearly unnoticed due to the attention given to the Civil Union Bill, the age of consent for gay people has at last been lowered to 16 as is the case for heterosexuals, removing the last discriminatory legislation bar fully equal marriage. If this was not done, the untenable situation would have arisen that a gay person would be allowed to marry if he or she is already 18 but not yet 19, but could then be prosecuted together with his or her spouse, under the Sexual Offences Act.

Regarding marriage, Home Affairs has now acknowledged that the Civil Union Bill is an interim measure (see Sunday Times) and the matter will be revisited next year. The fact remains however, that as long as the Marriage Act remains the exclusive domain of heterosexual couples, discrimination still exists.
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Gay, lesbian and bisexual expert
gay, lesbian and bisexual expert

01 Jan 0001

Hi again SKW and thanks for posting. I share your sentiments.
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