Hong Kong court upheld rejection of gay sex ban

On September 20, 2006, the Hong Kong Court of Appeal upheld a 2005 ruling which declared that laws prohibiting gay sex are unconstitutional, discriminatory, and violate Hong Kong's Basic Law and the Bill of Rights. The challenged law had authorized life sentences for men under 21 convicted of engaging in sodomy, while heterosexual and lesbian relationships are legal after the age of 16. Homosexuality in Hong Kong was decriminalized in 1991 and the Hong Kong government faced criticism for challenging the 2005 ruling.

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