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Northern Cyprus Brings Europe Fully Into 21st Century

northerncyprusNorthern Cyprus, the last jurisdiction in Europe where gay sex between consenting adults was illegal, has voted to remove the offence from its statute books.

Turkish Cypriot deputies passed an amendment on Monday repealing a colonial-era law that punished homosexual acts with up to five years in prison.

The change still has to be endorsed by the breakaway republic’s president, Derviş Eroğlu, who is expected to support the reform.

Once enacted, the new law will mean that no states in Europe, Australasia or North America criminalise homosexuality. The contrasting trend in Africa, however, has been for new laws banning gay groups to come before local parliaments; this month Nigeria began to enforce harsh legislation against same-sex marriages.

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