But in that respect the law has not changed, says Ms. In the case of, say, a 15- and a 19-year-old, if the 19-year-old is the skating coach, "it would be a crime, as it has always been." "The fact that it's less than five years doesn't make it automatically legal.
It just means that it's not automatically illegal." Another area of concern for critics is that it remains illegal for anyone under 18 to participate in anal intercourse - critics say this targets gay male teenagers - even though the law has been struck down as unconstitutional by many provincial courts of appeal.
"In fact, it's so much more technical than that it's hard for people to understand," Ms. Among the exemptions, sex between peers under 16 is okay, as long as neither is in a position of authority and they are 12 or older.
Likewise, under a "close-in-age" provision, if a person under 16 (and 12 or older) has sex with someone less than five years older, they can be considered to have consented unless the older person is in a position of authority.
In such situations, one should assume that the age of consent is 18, at the very least.
However, nobody under the age of 13 can legally consent to sex in New Mexico, regardless of the age of the partner. The minor’s spouse may legally have sex with the minor, although minors must be at least 16 years with parental consent or a family law judge approval to be married.
In Washington State, the age of consent for sex is 16 years old.
At this age, a person can consent to sex with any adult, regardless of the age difference between them.
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