Lurking there in the dusty old statute books of Canada somewhere are some pretty interesting laws about anal sex, it's been revealed this week after the government announced they'll be passing legislation to overturn the old laws according to CBC.
After campaigns that the regulations discriminate against gay men - given that people who are caught having anal sex in certain circumstances can be punished for up to 10 years in prison for their 'crime' - the motions have finally begun to get them overturned.
The law, as stated in Section 159 of Canada's Criminal Code, currently dictates:
"Every person who engages in an act of anal intercourse is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction."
There is an exception to this rule, however; if you're in a heterosexual marriage or are if those undertaking the anal sex are both consenting adults of either sex over the age of18, it's apparently fine.
But in one particularly odd quirk of the legislation, anal sex is banned under all circumstances - no matter what your age, gender or sexual orientation - if there are more than two people in the room. Not sure why that was ever included, but anyway.
It's argued that this discriminates against gay men because the age of sexual consent in Canada generally is 16 - inferring that men who are gay and aged 16 are not deemed responsible enough to make a decision about their sexual activity, yet men who are heterosexual and aged 16 are.
And the law has actively been used in the country in the 21st century, with 22 people having been proescuted under it between 2008 and 2014.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced the upcoming change to the law this week, labelling the current legislation "outdated".
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