Campaign for Age Of Consent awareness & removal of The Sodomy Law in Queensland

*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of Queensland, Australia - A campaign to remove our Sodomy Law (which was enacted in 1990).

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23rd July 2003 Letter from the office of Premier of Queensland, Hon Peter Beattie, in response to my 27th June 2003 email. The letter acknowledges Mr Beattie states that while the Premier is aware of these matters, there will be no revision of existing laws before the 2004 state elections.

 

N.B: “sodomy (anal intercourse)” is not equivalent to “homosexual sex”:

 

Unfortunately the Premier’s letter errs twice in suggesting that I am “advocating a reduction in the age of consent for homosexual sex” – which is not the case at all.

 

It is important to note that the age of consent is already technically equal, at 16 years, for all men and women – regardless of their sexuality. The big stumbling block to equal treatment of gay and bisexual young men in Queensland is the state’s “Sodomy Law” (Sections 208 & 209 of the Criminal Code 1899) .

 

I have been lobbying since March 2000 for removal of the “Sodomy Law”, a discriminatory and unnecessary law which prohibits all men and women aged under 18 from engaging in the specific sexual activity of anal intercourse.

 

The Sodomy Law must be removed so that all consenting sexual activities can be seen to be equally legal for all consenting adults, regardless of their individual sexuality. This is the only way that gay and bisexual 16 & 17 year old men can hope to be treated equally, in every other respect, to their heterosexual peers.

 

A major problem concurrent with the Sodomy Law is the common misconception that “gay sex” necessarily involves anal intercourse (sodomy). This misconception persists because the vast majority of people are simply too timid to speak in any detail about the “taboo” subject of anal intercourse.

 

The act of anal intercourse is commonly practiced by some heterosexuals as well as by some homosexuals. It is not equivalent to “homosexual sex”.

 

When our most eminent public servants, even inadvertently, equate “sodomy” with being “homosexual sex”, then it is little surprise that the vast majority of the general public wrongly believe that all male-to-male sex is illegal for 16 and 17  year olds. These young men need the societal support to know that they can express their sexuality in legal and safe ways. They need to know that their sexuality is as equally good and valuable a part of them, as is the sexuality of any of their heterosexual peers.

 


 

Text as scanned from original letter stored as a jpg image HERE.

 

Office of the Premier

Executive Building

100 George Street Brisbane

P0 Box 185 Brisbane Albert Street

Queensland 4002 Australia

Telephone +617 3224 4500

Facsimile +617 3221 3631

Email ThePremier@premiers.qld.gov.au

Website www.thepremier.qld.gov.au

 

 

Please quote 33243/MB/L&J Policy

 

23 JUL 2003

 

Mr John Frame

82 Main Avenue

WAVELL HEIGHT QLD 4012

 

 

Dear Mr Frame

 

Thank you for your email of 27 June 2003 advocating a reduction in the age of consent for homosexual sex. I have been requested to reply to you on the Premier’s behalf

 

Unfortunately your invitation for a representative of the Premier to attend the forum for youth was received too late to make such arrangements.

 

You would be aware of the recent changes put in place by the Government to remove discriminatory provisions for same-sex couples. The Government does not have any plans to make further changes to existing legislation in the current term. However, the Premier has again noted your support for a reduction in the age of consent for homosexual sex.

 

A copy of your correspondence has been referred to the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice the Honourable Rod Welford MP, for his attention. On behalf of the Premier, I want to thank you for taking the time to write to him about your views on this issue.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Rob Whiddon

Chief of Staff