UK to Overhaul Antiquated Gay Sex Laws
Newscenter in London, June 21, 2002
By Jon ben Asher
London—The British government is about to bring the country’s sex laws
into the 21st century. Home Secretary David Blunkett said the legislation
should be ready by fall.
Among the laws to be scrapped is one which makes it illegal for two men to
engage in sex in a hotel bedroom.
Another prevents two men from kissing in public. And yet another
criminalizes consensual gay group sex.
Male soliciting is likely also to be made legal.
Blunkett outlined some of the proposed changes to a police officers’
conference. He said that the government expects widespread criticism from
right wing religious groups.
To counter that Blunkett said there would be tougher child abuse laws.