High Court in Trinidad and Tobago decriminalizes gay sex

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Rik Glauert writes at Gay Star News:

A Trinidad and Tobago High Court judge ruled on Thursday (20 September) that sexual activity between consenting adults of the same sex is legal.

In a High Court challenge launched February 2017, activist Jason Jones argued Sections 13 and 16 were unconstitutional.

In April, the High Court ruled in his favor and overturned colonial-era Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offenses Act. But the government challenged the ruling.

On Thursday, the court did not strike down the legislation completely. But, it ruled consenting adults of the same sex cannot be prosecuted for engaging in sexual acts.

The Attorney General said he will appeal the decision. The government will take the matter to highest court, the UK-based Privy Council.

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