Entry #1892: Equal age of consent in Texas

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IssueEqual age of consent
Start Datepast
End Datenow
DescriptionAge of consent is equitable regardless of gender or orientation.
SourcesTexas Penal Code Section 21.11
Reports (5)
  • 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 ยง 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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