The country's centre-left Liberal government has said it intends to repeal Section 159 of the criminal code, which states that 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 ten years”.Exceptions are made in the law for heterosexual married couples and for any two people over the age of 18 who both consent to the act.However anal sex is illegal for 16 and 17 year olds, in public places, and if more than two people “take part or are present”.LGBT rights activists say the law is discriminatory because the legal age of consent for anal sex differs from the age of consent for almost all other forms of sex.
It said: “Between 20 in Ontario, 22 people were charged with anal intercourse under Section 159".The report also said Canadian gay rights activists were “mortified” that Stephen Harper's government, who were in power until 2015, did not address Section 159 when it reviewed the age of consent for sexual activity in 2008.A New Democratic Party MP tried to have the ban revoked in 2011, but the bill never made it to the first round of debate. Attitudes toward the drug are changing, rules governing its use are shifting and more and more states are voting to legalize it. “Since the landscape is changing, and marijuana continues to increase in popularity, research is needed to continue to examine if and how marijuana use may influence risk for unsafe sexual behaviour,” they write in the July issue of the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.With widespread acceptance will come, theoretically, more widespread use. To that end, Palamar and his colleagues recruited 24 heterosexual adults to take part in a series of in-depth interviews about prior sexual experiences that happened under the influence of either alcohol or marijuana.And that raises a whole lot of interesting questions for public health researchers. This isn’t a national sample by any means, and it’s not meant to be.