The Scottish Parliament Is To Consider Legalising Incest

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The Scottish government is being forced to consider legalising incest due to a ‘legal quirk’.

According to the Independent, the petition committee must consider a request made to the Scottish government’s e-petition site calling for the legalisation of incest where both parties ‘are consenting adults over the age of 21’.

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Under the terms of the devolution agreement the Scottish parliament has to consider all petitions if they propose a change in the law.

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The request was submitted by Richard Morris, who lives in Australia. He wrote:

Public fears, prejudice and bigotry about ACI are mostly due to ignorance created over many years mostly by the church and church-influenced governments and newspapers, in much the same way as public fears and bigotry about homosexuality were created.

In general, societies have a tendency to target isolated individuals and to attack anything perceived to be different as a threat.

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He goes on to say the Scottish law on incest is ‘outdated’ as public opinions towards sex and relationships are now far more liberal than when the law was last reviewed in 1981.

According to Buzzfeed, Mr Morris claims to have written a book about incest and – in his legalisation quest – has sent letters to both Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Queen, calling on them to do more to legalise consensual incest.

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But the petition is unlikely to go any further, with Labour MSP Michael McMahon telling Buzzfeed

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I recognise the petition addresses a subject matter that many people find abhorrent. Speaking personally, I take a similar view.

Under current laws, incest usually carries a maximum prison sentence of two years if both parties are consenting adults.

If he lives in Australia, why on earth is he so desperate for incest to be legalised in Scotland? Is he planning some kind of extremely awkward family reunion?


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