Entry #1892: Equal age of consent in Texas

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RegionTexas
IssueEqual age of consent
StatusEqual
Start Datepast
End Datenow
DescriptionAge of consent is 17 regardless of gender or orientation. However, Texas has a "Romeo and Juliet law" allowing younger people of similar ages to consent, but the wording of this law excludes same-sex partners, but this still technically doesn’t make aoc ‘unequal’.
SourcesTexas Penal Code Section 21.11


Revision History (4)

Revision by tsusamu

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NoteAge of consent is 17 regardless of gender or orientation. However, Texas has a "Romeo and Juliet law" allowing younger people of similar ages to consent, but the wording of this law excludes same-sex partners.Age of consent is 17 regardless of gender or orientation. However, Texas has a "Romeo and Juliet law" allowing younger people of similar ages to consent, but the wording of this law excludes same-sex partners, but this still technically doesn’t make aoc ‘unequal’.

Revision by tsusamu

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Revision by tsusamu

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Revision by beeurd

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NoteAge of consent is equitable regardless of gender or orientation.Age of consent is 17 regardless of gender or orientation. However, Texas has a "Romeo and Juliet law" allowing younger people of similar ages to consent, but the wording of this law excludes same-sex partners.
Reports (7)
  • Other "Ambiguous: Texas does have an equal general age of consent (17), but it has a close in age exemption that specifically excludes same-sex couples. (Penal Code Section 21.11 and Penal Code Section 22.011)"
  • Status is not correct "This is inaccurate due to the Romeo and Juliet law that excludes lgbtq couples/partners "
  • Status is not correct "Romeo and Juliet law only applies to opposite couples "
  • Status is not correct "The Romeo & Juliet law in Texas specifies that the partners are "opposite sex""
  • Status is not correct "Status is not completely correct. Tex. Penal Code § 21.11(b) (2019). In regards to the Romeo and Juliet Law, which allows for the mitigation of statutory rape charges in young couples close in age - "It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the actor: (1) was not more than three years older than the victim and of the opposite sex;" therefore, the Romeo and Juliet law would not apply to young same-sex couples."
  • Status is not correct "Actually, the Romeo and Juliet clause is specifically not applicable to same-sex couples, which means while a straight couple can have an age difference of up to 3 years (36 months), in a same-sex couple both individuals must be over the age of consent."
  • Other "Age of consent may be equal but the romeo and juliet law only applies to straight youth "

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