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Trinidad And Tobago Closer To Decriminalising Gay Sex

Image via Jason Jones on Facebook

In a High Court ruling last Thursday, Judge Devindra Rampersad said Section 13 and 16 of the countries Sexual Offences Act, which prohibited “buggery” and “serious indecency” between two men, criminalised consensual same-sex activity between adults and were unconstitutional.

The ruling stated that the laws violate people’s right to privacy, liberty and freedom of expression.

The ruling comes after LGBT rights activist, Jason Jones sued the government of Trinidad and Tobago in an effort to repeal the law.

Currently, anyone who engages in anal sex can face up to 25 years in prison and a person who “commits an act of serious indecency” faced up to five years in prison.

Even though the judge has ruled it unconstitutional, the law still technically remains official. A final judgment on the act is expected in July.

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