age of consent

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the minimum age for marrying without parental consent or the minimum age for consensual sexual relations

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But backbencher Ann Keen, who moved the amendment to the Crime and Disorder Bill which would equalise the ages of consent, said: "The higher age of consent for young gay men adds to their worries.
He said: "I don't think people realise how widely different the ages of consent are throughout Europe.
The measure is certain to face opposition in the Lords, where peers have already thrown out two previous attempts to equalise the gay and heterosexual ages of consent.
By having different ages of consent for gays and heterosexuals our society and government sent out a clear message that gay men don't deserve the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts.
The measure is certain to face strong opposition in the Lords, where peers have already thrown out two previous attempts to equalise the gay and heterosexual ages of consent.