Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Canada to repeal discriminatory anal sex ban

Canada to repeal discriminatory anal sex ban | The Independent - Charlotte England:

November 16, 2016 - "Anal sex is to be decriminalised in Canada.

"The country's centre-left Liberal government has said it intends to repeal Section 159 of the criminal code, which states that every person who engages in an act of anal intercourse is guilty of an 'indictable offence' and 'liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years'.

"Exceptions are made in the law for heterosexual married couples and for any two people over the age of 18 who both consent to the act. However anal sex is illegal for 16 and 17 year olds, in public places, and if more than two people 'take part or are present'.

"LGBT rights activists say the law is discriminatory because the legal age of consent for anal sex differs from the age of consent for almost all other forms of sex.

"People in Canada can legally have vaginal and oral sex when they are 16, as long as this does not involve prostitution or pornography, and the sex act does not occur 'in a relationship of authority, trust or dependency,' such as with a teacher or coach.

"Section 159 has been ruled unconstitutional by several different courts in cases spanning three decades. In the 1990s, Ontario’s Court of Appeal said the law violated Section 15 of the Canadian Charter by discriminating on the basis of age. Appellate courts in Quebec, Alberta, B.C. and Nova Scotia, and at the federal level, followed suit.

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