Gays Protest Chile Laws

A panel of Chilean judges found a 47 year-old laborer guilty of sodomizing a 17 year-old male who was 12 days shy of his 18th birthday. Chile law says the age of consent for participating in heterosexual relations is 12, but makes 18 the legal age for consensual sex between homosexuals. The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Freedom (MOVILH) denounced the decision as unfair and hypocritical. They argue the age of consent should be the same for homosexual as well as heterosexual relations.