to the editor of the Courier Mail (for
their “Letters” page), again referring to the 26th
June 2003USA Supreme Court
decision to overturn “Sodomy Laws” in all states, and calling for urgent reform
in Queensland to eliminate our own Sodomy Law.
Subject: USA repeals Sodomy Laws -
why not Queensland?
27 Jun 2003 +1000
USA repeals Sodomy Laws - why not Queensland?
The USA Supreme Court
today struck down all "Sodomy Laws" - laws which discriminate
purely on the basis of sexual activity. However Queensland persists as the only state in Australia with a Sodomy Law - which was installed as
compensation to conservative MP's when male-to-male sex was decriminalised
in late 1990.
The Premier and Attorney
General have been lobbied for at least the last three years to reform our
laws so that Queensland's age of consent is truly equal at 16 (as it is in
all other states except Tasmania,
which is 17).
Soon Queensland will be known to the world as a backward laughing
stock in regard to age of consent - unfortunately it's our gay and bisexual
youth who are suffering discrimination and neglect under the current law,
and that is no joke.