Guernsey equalises gay age of consent

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Guernsey politicians have agreed to lower the age of consent for gay men to 16.

They voted unanimously today to equalise the law and bring it into line with the law for heterosexuals and lesbians.

Previously, the gay age of consent was 18.

BBC News reports that home minister Geoff Mahy said: “No modern government should support legislation that allows discrimination because of age, race, sex or sexual orientation.

“These are not choices that people make, but are part of who they are.”

The British Crown Dependency also agreed to lift the ban on more than two gay men having sex at the same time.

In 1999, the age of consent for gays was lowered from 21 to 18. Homosexuality was illegal on the island until 18 years ago.