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Gay age of consent may be lowered to 16

The age of consent for gay men in Guernsey could be reduced to 16, if the island's politicians agree.

Later this month the States are due to debate if the laws should be made equal for homosexuals and heterosexuals.

Currently sex between two men is illegal under the age of 18, but between a man and a woman is legal from the age of 16.

The Home Department, which has put forward the move, said there needed to be equality on human rights grounds.

The department said according to legal advice anybody who objects to the change on moral or religious grounds is unlikely to be justified in law.

The changes would also strike from the law-books the current ban on sex between more than two men at the same time.

In 1999, Guernsey lowered the age of consent for homosexuals from 21 to 18 and the issue was last raised in the States in 2007.

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