Alex Blaze

Highest court rules against HK sodomy law

Filed By Alex Blaze | July 18, 2007 1:35 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Hong Kong, public sex, sodomy laws

From the AP:

Hong Kong's top court rejected a ban Tuesday on public gay sodomy, another victory for the Chinese territory's gay rights movement.

This started with a case of two guys caught having sex in their car, which, strangely enough, doesn't seem illegal for opposite sex couples in HK.

Chief Justice Andrew Li said in the ruling that the law targets homosexuals and "does not criminalize heterosexuals for the same or comparable conduct."

The case was the first prosecution of the 1991 law.

Earlier, a 20-year-old Hong Kong gay man successfully challenged another law that punished men under 21 who engaged in gay sodomy by up to life imprisonment. The consensual age for heterosexual intercourse in Hong Kong was 16.

Score one for HK's gay rights movement!


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