Schoolboy takes Jersey to European Court over gay age of consent

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A schoolboy is taking Jersey to the European Court of Human Rights

over the fact that the island has different ages of consent for gays

and straights.

Luke Small, a sixteen year old from St Brelade has lodged the case

with the Strasbourg based court.

Politicians in Jersey announced earlier this year that they were

considering equalising the age of consent for gays and straights.

However Mr Small claims that the island has taken to long to change

the law.

European states are required under the European Convention on Human

Rights to end discrimination based on sexuality.

Mr Small told the BBC: “differentiating two categories of people is

educating young people that being gay is somehow kind of dangerous

and wrong.”