■ Michael Cashman:
“The Prime Minister has agreed to take this matter up to
ensure that steps are taken to end this discriminatory practice.”
BRUSSELS, October 16, 2007 –
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to take-up the matter of the unequal
age of consent still in place in Gibraltar, an overseas territory of the
The age of consent for heterosexual
sexual relations in Gibraltar is 16 whilst the age of consent for same-sex
sexual relations is 18.
Yesterday, the matter was raised at
a meeting with Mr. Brown at 10 Downing Street by Michael Cashman, the MEP
for Wet Midlands and president of the European Parliament’s all-party
‘intergroup’ on gay and lesbian rights.
“Gordon Brown immediately agreed
wholeheartedly with my point of view on the matter,” Mr. Cashman said this
“The Prime Minister has agreed to
take this matter up to ensure that steps are taken to end this
discriminatory practice, the existence of which, is incompatible with our
obligations as an EU member and as a party under the European Convention of
The issue had been raised by
Gibraltar gay rights organisations in the past, he said.
“The Gibraltarian government has
been given plenty of time to rectify the situation. It is unfortunate that
this matter had to come to us for any action to be undertaken,” Mr. Cashman
He applauded gay rights
organisations working in Gibraltar.
“It was their continued vigilance
which allows us to take notice of this situation. I now hope that we sort
this mess out and get rid of this discrimination built into the laws of
Gibraltar,” he concluded.
Gay Rights Group Welcomes
Intervention of British Prime Minister. The Gibraltar Equality
Rights group, GGR, this afternoon welcomed the intervention of British Prime
Minister Gordon Brown over the inequality of the UK’s self-governing
overseas territory’s age of consent laws. (UK Gay News, October 16,
Gay Age of
Consent Equality: ‘We Have Given Gibraltarian Government Long Enough’.
A British Member of the European Parliament has pledged today to take the
matter of equality of the age of consent in Gibraltar directly to the heart
of Number 10 Downing Street. (UK Gay News, October 8, 2007)
Minister Is ‘Passing the Buck’ to Gordon Brown on Gay Age of Consent.
Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Peter Caruana’s failure to act on the legal age
of consent is degrading the constitution and turning the Rock’s highest law
into a series of voluntary codes as far as human rights are concerned,
Equality Rights GGR claimed last night. (UK Gay News, October 7, 2007)
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Posted: 16 October 2007 at
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