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Queensland to consider changing age of consent for gay sex to 16

Queensland to consider changing age of consent for gay sex to 16

Yvette D'Ath is fighting for LGBTI equality in Queensland

Queensland is considering changing the age of consent for anal sex to 16.

LGBTI advocates say the current law, which says you cannot have anal sex until you’re 18, is discriminatory.

The state is the only part of Australia where the legal ages of consent for anal and vaginal sex are different.

‘The government is aware of the claims of the LGBTI community in relation to this discrepancy, in particular their claims it is discriminatory,’ state attorney general Yvette D’Ath said this week.

‘At the same time, the government recognizes there are strong conflicting views held by Queenslanders about this issue.’

The shadow attorney general Ian Walker has said he wasn’t aware it was an issue, saying he would wait until the committee completes its review.

When Australia decriminalized homosexuality in 1990, every state eventually equalized the age of consent between vaginal and anal apart from Queensland. The state governor at the time refused due to objections from religious lobby groups.

If you have anal sex with a person under the age of 18, it is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.