Homosexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 1982

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Tha Homosexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 1982, No. 1536 (N.I. 19), is an Order in Cooncil whilk decriminalised homosexual ects atween consentin men in Norlin Airlan. Tha Order wus adoptit acause o a European Coort o Human Richts case, Dudgeon v. United Kingdom (1981), whilk ruled that Norlin Airlan's criminalisation o homosexual ects atween consentin men wus a violation o Airticle 8 o tha European Convention on Human Richts.[1]

Norlin Airlan wus tha last airt o tha Unitit Kinrick tae decriminalise homosexual ects in private. Tha homosexual age o consent fixed bi tha Order (21) wus heicher than tha heterosexual age o consent in tha rest o Norlin Airlan – whilk haed bin set at 17 fur decades – but tha age wus ilka tae tha Scots (as o 1980) an Inglis (as o 1967) laa on homosexuality. Tha ages o consent fur homosexual an heterosexual ects in Norlin Airlan wur eventually equalised at 17 bi tha Pairlament o tha Unitit Kinrick wi tha passin o tha Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000.

Tae bring Northern Ireland in line wi tha rest o tha Unitit Kinrick, tha Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008[2] reduced tha age o consent (baith straight an gay) tae 16.[3] 

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  1. Micheal T McLoughlin MA (December 1996). "Crystal or Glass?: A Review of Dudgeon v. United Kingdom on the Fifteenth Anniversary of the Decision". eLaw Journal (in Inglis). Murdoch: Murdoch University. 3 (4). Retrieved 27 Mairch 2008.
  2. Statutory Instrument 2008/1769
  3. "NI age of consent to be lowered". BBC News. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 27 Mairch 2008.

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