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Guernsey may equalise gay age of consent

PinkNews Staff Writer March 5, 2010

Guernsey is to debate equalising the age of consent for gays later this month.

Currently, the age of consent for gay men is 18, compared to 16 for heterosexuals.

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

The difference means that Guernsey, a British Crown Dependency, is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The ban on more than two gay men having sex at the same time will also be debated.

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