Thursday, March 25, 2010

New legislation to protect LGB people

The Scottish parliament has passed legislation that will make hate crime a factor in prosecuting people who attack LGB and/or disabled people, bringing it in line with legislation south of the border.

The Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Act 2009, passed by Holyrood on Wednesday was also the first Act proposed by the Green Party in Scotland to be brought into law.

For more information, read the article here on the Herald's website.

At the other end of the country, Guernsey politicians have agreed to lower the age of consent for gay men from 18 to 16, bringing the law into line with that for heterosexuals and lesbians.

Read the full article on PinkNews here.

Finally, a law criminalising stirring up homophobic hatred in England and Wales came into effect on Tuesday.

Read the full article on PinkNews here.

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