Trinidad’s High Court has confirmed and clarified its April decision that overturned the Caribbean island nation’s colonial-era anti-sodomy law.
CAISO: Sex & Gender Justice provided this summary of the Sept. 20 rulings on the Trinidad anti-gay law by High Court Justice Devindra Rampersad in the case filed by British/Trinidadian activist Jason Jones:
- Anal intercourse between any two consenting adults, made legal on April 12, remains so.
- Sexual intimacy between consenting adults of the same sex, made legal on April 12, remains so.
- Young people 16 and 17 can now consent to non-penetrative sex with same-sex partners, in addition to opposite-sex partners.
- The Government’s request for the judgment not to take immediate effect was denied.
- The Government was ordered to pay Jason Jones’s court costs.
- The case has concluded in the High Court. The Government is now able to appeal to the Court of Appeal.
For more information, see CAISO’s full report.
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