Canada’s attorney general has announced plans to repeal Section 159 of the Criminal Code which allows prison sentences of up to 10 years for anal sex involving youths who are above the age of consent but not yet 18.
Section 159 was quashed by lower courts in the 1990s but government statistics show that it continued to be used to prosecute dozens of people in recent years.
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Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Minister for Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould (above) said “our society has evolved over the past few decades and our criminal justice system needs to evolve as well.”
On the same day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (below right) appointed MP Randy Boissonnault as a special advisor on LGBT issues. Boissonnault will consult with the LBGT community on a formal apology for decades of persecution and discrimination.
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According to Yahoo!, the initiatives are part of Trudeau efforts to normalize and promote LGBT rights both domestically and abroad. These measures include supporting violence prevention programs and combatting homophobia in schools.
Last May, the government introduced legislation banning discrimination by ace, religion, age, sex sexual orientation and gender identity under the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Watch Wilson-Raybould speak at Tuesday’s press conference below.
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