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by Rex Wockner
International News Briefs
Legislators in Guernsey, a British crown dependency in the English Channel, voted unanimously in March to lower the legal age for gay sex to 16, the same as for straight sex.
On March 25, the government announced it would implement the change.
Home Minister Geoffrey Mahy said an unequal age of consent amounted to discrimination based on sexuality.
“These are not choices that people make, but are part of who they are,” Mahy said.
Deputies in the legislature, which is called the States of Deliberation, also voted to decriminalize sex acts that take place between more than two males.