Monday, December 13, 2010

Switzerland May Lift Ban on Consanguineous Sex

Turns out that the reasoning to keep laws against consensual sex is full of holes. So the Swiss may lift them.

The upper house of the Swiss parliament has drafted a law decriminalising sex between consenting family members which must now be considered by the government.

Switzerland insists that children within families will continue to be protected by laws governing abuse and paedophilia.

Imagine that. They might change their laws so that they make sense, instead of criminalizing consensual sex.

Politicians of both the left and right are said to be outraged at the suggested change.

On what grounds? I mean, besides bigotry?

But Green party MP and lawyer Daniel Vischer said he saw nothing wrong with two consenting adults having sex - even if they were related.

Good for him, but there’s no reason to limit the number to two.

Barbara Schmid Federer of The Christian People's Party of Switzerland slammed the proposal, saying it was "completely repugnant".

She said: "I for one could not countenance painting out such a law from the statute books."

Why not?

The Protestant People's Party is also opposed to decriminalising the offence which at present carries a maximum three year jail term.

A spokesman for the party said: "Murder is also quite rare in Switzerland but no-one suggests that we remove that as an office from the statutes."

Yes, but there’s a difference. Murder hurts someone. There’s a victim. There’s no victim when unattached adults of different generations, different races, the same sex, or the same family get together and choose to engage in sex.

From another article

The law’s been taking several small steps in this direction already. Ten years ago, the civil code was revised to allow marriages between aunts and nephews or uncles and nieces.

It’s time to stop legislating what happens in bedrooms.

Incestous relationships between adults are legal in a number of countries, according to a study by the Max Planck Institute, including France, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Turkey, China, the Ivory Coast and in three U.S. states.

The move of the world that moves towards full marriage equality, the better.
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