Indeed, Shanley's alleged connections to the North American Man/Boy Love Association, a group that questions age-of-consent
laws and is a pariah to most gay activism, are among the most heated of all the controversies surrounding him.
Califia stretches the boundaries of this tradition with her defense of sadomasochism and her controversial critique of age-of-consent
On the morning of February 21, however, The Times and other newspapers were put in the position of carrying front-page stories about both the age-of-consent
vote, to take place later that day, and Derek's death.
In the name of human rights, these included a normalization of homosexuality, including same-sex marriage, penalties for those who "villify" this "orientation", further explicit sex education for children, and a removal of age-of-consent
Smith says the third vote on equalizing the age-of-consent
laws will come in 2000, and this time the Labour government will invoke the Parliament Act, a rarely used bit of legislation that blocks the House of Lords from overturning a bill passed by the Commons.