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Guernsey may equalise gay age of consent

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  1. These crown dependencies really ought to either get in line with British law, or they go paddle their own canoes and not expect support from us. The Channel Islands and Isle of Man have had their cakes and eaten them for way too long.

  2. WTF – why is Guernsey still a British Crown dependency if they are that backward and stupid.

    Even more importantly why are Uganda; Jamaica; Malawi and Kenya still part of the Commonwealth when all those countries have show that ignorant, homophobic savagery is their modus operandus when dealing with gay people.

    Guernsey – what a hideous little dump.

  3. Gay activist Paul Mitchell 5 Mar 2010, 11:22am

    Guernsey, Gilbralter and Bermuda (all UK Crown territories) still have a higher age of sexual consent for gay men at 18 – when it is 16 for lesbians and heterosexuals.

    Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Jersey and Isle of Man all ahve an EQUAL age of sexual consent at 16 – FOR ALL.

  4. Gay activist Paul Mitchell 5 Mar 2010, 11:23am

    Sorry -

    “have”

  5. “Guernsey, Gilbralter and Bermuda (all UK Crown territories) still have a higher age of sexual consent for gay men at 18 – when it is 16 for lesbians and heterosexuals.”

    Well there’s an arguement if ever I heard one for handing Gibraltar over to the Spanish. If that happened then the gay population would become fully equal citizens of Spain.

  6. You have a point there SimonM. These days gay residents of Gibraltar would have more human rights by being Spanish. Not sure if Guernsey folk would by being French though.

  7. This should definitely be debated. If the age of consent for heterosexuals is 16 then maybe it should be the same for homosexuals.

  8. Pumpkin Pie 5 Mar 2010, 4:24pm

    Did not know that. My dad hails from that island. I’m surprised Britain hasn’t shown more of a backbone and forced them to get on with it. Oh sure, people need to free to govern themselves wherever possible. However, this right absolutely does not extend to the “right” to discriminate.

    This is why I don’t support that whole moevement for Cornwall’s independence, either. Cornwall has a terrible record on LGBT rights, and I think these people are much safer with Westminster calling the shots.

  9. We British are far too fond of these cute little unreformed anomalies. The oddity of the Channel Islands is down to the fact that they are the only territories of the Duchy of Normandy remaining in English hands after King John was forced to relinquish the mainland Duchy to the French in 1215. So our monarchs (originally of Norman French origin, of course)are still in effect the ‘dukes’ of the islands and not obliged to submit them to the authority of the UK parliament. The current ‘duchess’ should really be reminded to cede legal control of the islands to Westminster.

  10. SimonM: “Well there’s an argument if ever I heard one for handing Gibraltar over to the Spanish.”

    Spoken like a true Brit. People like you make me vomit.

  11. “Spoken like a true Brit. People like you make me vomit.”

    But I’m not a Brit. I simply live here, work here and pay lots of tax here.

    As I know you have racist tendencies I’ll mention that I am a white, native English speaker (as I know that this is important to you.)

    Gay people in Gibraltar are clearly discriminated against in the law in Gibraltar. Being Spanish citizens would elevate them to equal status.

    Why on earth should a gay person in Gibraltar want to remain a 2nd class citizen?

  12. Pumpkin Pie 6 Mar 2010, 4:41am

    Spoken like a true Brit. People like you make me vomit.

    Spoken like a true nationalist. People like you make me roll my eyes.

    So telling of your values that human rights are less important to you than how much land your beloved nation owns. How sickeningly pointless.

  13. SimonM: “But I’m not a Brit. I simply live here, work here and pay lots of tax here.”

    But WHY Simon?
    You said it yourself that some countries apparently have a better human rights record than us. Why don’t you take a leaf out of your own book and f_ck off to Spain then and do us all a favour?

  14. As a Jersey resident I think some of these “anti Channel Island” comments are rather harsh. We have equal age of consent here and last year our government voted for civil partnerships by 43 for to 1 against – a much bigger margin that Westminster! We also have an openly gay deputy chief minister (equivalent to deputy PM in the UK). I think people would be surprised that whilst our legislation may lag a few years behind the UK the people of these islands are generally very liberally minded.

    Constitutionally please bear in mind that these islands are not part of the UK or the EU and we have our own democratically elected governments. Those here suggesting Westminster should take control of our islands are essentially suggesting that the UK should “invade and occupy” us, enslaving the populations to the will of Westminster and not our own governments. That’s not very liberally or democratically minded!!

    Anyway, that aside I’ve no doubt Guernsey will equalise it’s age of consent.

  15. Gay activist Paul Mitchell 26 Mar 2010, 4:23am

    Well it happened on March 2010 – the age of consent is NOW finally after a 4 year battle equal at 16 for every individual!!!!

    Sources to prove it:

    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/03/25/guernsey-equalises-gay-age-of-consent/

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