age of consent


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age of consent

The age at which a person is legally able to give consent, as to sexual relations, marriage, or a binding contract. Some people advocate lowering the age of consent, but some worry it will cause an increase in promiscuity among young people.
See also: age, consent, of
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The vote comes as a major blow to gay rights activists who only last month celebrated when MPs voted by a 207 majority to equalise the age of consent for male homosexuals with that for heterosexuals.
He was also asked what was more important - getting the Bill or the age of consent measure.
Lowering the age of consent could encourage sexual abuse and could lead to a rise in teenage pregnancy.
This huge majority signals the last lap in our 33-year campaign to repeal the discriminatory age of consent.
Father Joe Mullan who ministers in St Columbus' Church in Glasnevin outside Dublin, however, is a constant critic of lowering the age of consent.
Boss Fiona Neary said: "The age of consent is there to protect vulnerable children from coercion, pressure and abuse.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Samajwadi Party and other parties demanded that the age of consent for sex be 18 years and not 16 as mentioned in the ordinance.
The age of consent in Spain is 13, while in Italy, Estonia and Lithuania it is 14.
In a speech on April 23, opposing a motion to raise the age of consent in Canada from 14 to at least 16, she discussed sexual activity at the age of 13, saying there was a need for young children to have sex with each other.
An expectant father at 11, he boasts of sleeping with 20 other girls despite still being under the legal age of consent.
Within hours of the Commons voting - by 263 to 102 in a free vote - to lower the age of consent for gay men from 18 to 16, the poll showed 72 per cent of people regard homosexual behaviour as "neither right nor wrong but simply a fact of life.
Campaigners against the Government's plans to reduce the homosexual age of consent to 16 raised the stakes yesterday with the publication of a report urging the age to be kept at 18.
When Hayes, who is in his 40s, married and has three children, protested that the friendship was platonic, new letters by Stone's mother surfaced asserting that the two made love in her house when Stone was only 17, under the age of consent for homosexuals in Britain.
Various groups, principally women reformers, physicians, politicians and business elites, sought to contain this threat through campaigns to raise the age of consent for young women, abolish prostitution and white slavery, and eliminate venereal disease.