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Chile Deletes Sodomy Law

By Rex Wockner
International News Report

sasodomy.gif - 6.03 K Chile repealed its ban on gay sex last month as part of a general reform of sex-related laws, the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) reported January 14.

Sexual relations between adults of the same gender had been punishable with up to five years in prison.

Under the reform, the age of consent for gay sex was set at 18, higher than for heterosexual sex.

"We hope that the governments of Nicaragua and Puerto Rico pay attention to the news from Santiago," said Mirka Negroni, an IGLHRC regional specialist. "These are the last states in Latin America that still criminalize homosexual activity."

Meanwhile, in the U.S.A., 19 of the 50 states still ban "sodomy," including five states that ban only homosexual sodomy (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas), IGLHRC said.

"These statutes don't just fly in the face of privacy and common sense; they violate international law," said the group's Scott Long.

In a case filed by gay activists in the Australian state of Tasmania in 1994, the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that prohibitions on gay sex violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, of which the U.S.A. is a signatory.

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As a result of the ruling, Tasmania legalized homosexuality.

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