Man Arrested for Gay Sex in Grenada

BY Advocate.com Editors

May 26 2011 2:50 PM ET

A 41-year-old man was arrested on the eastern Caribbean island of Grenada for having sex with a 17-year-old man.

The announcement of the arrest was made Wednesday by Grenada's director of public prosecution, Christopher Nelson, the Associated Press reports. 

 

While the age of consent in Grenada is 16, Grenada’s books carry a rarely enforced law against homosexual acts, outlawing sodomy under the charge of "unnatural connection."

Nigel Mathlin, the president of GrenCHAP, a local nonprofit organization representing marginalized groups, said gay Grenadians often experience discrimination in the areas of employment and housing.

"The government, they are very much aware of the changes that need to be made, of bringing our laws into line with international human rights principles," he told the AP.

There are several Caribbean nations that outlaw sex between men. According to a 2010 United Nations report, the penalty for such an offense in Grenada is up to 10 years in prison.





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