Hong Kong court abolishes four offences that view gay sex as a crime

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The High Court in Hong Kong has abolished four offences and changed the definition of three more that considered sexual activity between men as a crime. The court ruling dated May 30 calls these offences unconstitutional and demanded to abolish them as soon as possible. The decision came about following a case taken by LGBT+ activist Yeung Chu-wing challenging the laws, which disapprove sexual acts between men, though the same acts are legal for opposite-sex and some lesbian couples. The crimes that have been overturned are: procuring others to commit homosexual buggery; gross indecency with or by a man under 16; gross indecency by a man with a man otherwise than in private; and procuring gross indecency by a man with a man. Mr Justice Thomas Au Hing-cheung also ruled that three other offences will be applied to people of both sexes equally. The offences that will apply to both men and women under the law are: homosexual buggery with or by a man under 16; gross indecency by a man with a male mentally incapacitated person; and permitting a young person to resort to or be on a premises or vessel for intercourse, prostitution, buggery or homosexual acts.

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