|Hooray! (Picture: Getty)|
Canada’s government is set to finally embrace anal sex. Under a controversial law, people that have anal sex in Canada can be punished with a 10 year jail sentence.
It has been accused of discriminating against gay men, but the government will introduce legislation to finally repeal the ban.
The law is laid out in Section 159 of Canada’s Criminal Code:
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 are exceptions for heterosexual married couples and consenting adults of either sex aged over 18.
However, it is banned completely if there are more than two people in the room.
|Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould will make the announcement (Picture: The Canadian Press)|
The age of consent in Canada is 16, meaning anal sex has always had a distinction from other forms of sexual activity. The legislation follows a report from LGBT charity Egale, which called on the government to repeal the section.
Douglas Elliott, a lawyer and gay rights activist who co-wrote the report, told The Globe and Mail: ‘A lot of Canadians think that when Pierre Trudeau said ‘the state had no business in the bedrooms of the nation’ back in the ’60s, that that meant this law was repealed.
‘But in fact, all they did was create an exemption — an exemption that has always discriminated against gay men.’
Appeal courts in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia have all ruled that Section 158 is unconstitutional.
However, between 2008 and 2014, 22 people in Ontario were charged after having anal sex. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was set to announce the legislation.