During a heated debate yesterday Senator Kinnard said that she felt as though the Social Affairs panel were going through every detail of the Sexual Offences Law with a fine-toothed comb in order to find something that would stop it coming into force.
The panel chairman, Deputy Bob Hill, had complained to Senator Kinnard that Social Affairs had not been given the information about the health risks of anal sex.
Moral issues Echoing his comments in Wednesday’s JEP, Deputy Hill said it was not clear that the Island could cope with an increase in sexually transmitted diseases that may arise as a result of more people having unprotected anal sex.
On Wednesday Deputy Hill said that if more information was not provided his panel may opt to postpone the bill further in order to scrutinise it properly.
But Senator Kinnard, who had been called before the panel to discuss the Strategic Plan, said that as far as she was concerned 16-year-olds were probably already having anal sex.
All the law would do is give homosexuals the same rights as heterosexuals.