Court Strikes Down Anti-Sodomy Laws
A judge struck down Hong Kong’s sodomy laws, siding with a 20-year-old man who challenged the measures, including one that demanded a life sentence for gay sex when either partner was under 21.
The laws prohibited sex between men under 21 but allowed the activity for heterosexual and lesbian couples 16 or older.
William Roy Leung said his victory meant that “I can finally have a loving relationship without being scared of [being] thrown into jail for life.”
High Court Judge Michael Hartmann ruled that the anti-gay laws were “demeaning of gay men.”