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Age of consent for homosexuals in Britain is cut to 18

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 26 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:557
  1. L Dillner

    The age of consent for gay men in Britain was lowered this week from 21 to 18 after a turbulent three hour debate in the House of Commons. Members of parliament voted by 427 to 162 to change the law but rejected moves to reduce the age of consent to 16 by a majority of 27. This is the first time since 1967 that the law on homosexuality has been changed. Protestors for gay rights, who gathered outside parliament in …

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