Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980
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"Subject to the provisions of this section, a homosexual act in private shall not be an offence provided that the parties consent thereto and have attained the age of twenty-one years." (§80:1)
The homosexual age of consent fixed by the Act (21) was much higher than the heterosexual age of consent in the United Kingdom, which had been set at 16 since the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885. The ages of consent for homosexual and heterosexual acts in Scotland were eventually equalised at 16 with the passage of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000.
- LGBT rights in the United Kingdom
- Sexual Offences Act 1967, the Act which decriminalized homosexual acts in England and Wales.
- Homosexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 1982, the Order in Council which decriminalized homosexual acts in Northern Ireland.
- "Original text of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980" (PDF). Office of Public Sector Information. Retrieved 2008-03-27.[dead link]
- "Text of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980 as amended and in force today". UK Statute Law Database. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
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