Man Arrested in Grenada for Having Gay Sex
Law against homosexual acts remains on the books, but is rarely enforced
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 26, 2011 11:55 AM CDT
This undated photo released by Julie Mazziotta shows the Seven Sisters Falls in Grand Etang National Park in Grenada.   (AP Photo/Julie Mazziotta)
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(Newser) – Police have arrested a man for having sex with another male on the eastern Caribbean island of Grenada, where a law against homosexual acts remains on the books but is rarely enforced. The 41-year-old man was charged with having sex with an unidentified 17-year-old man. The age of sexual consent in Grenada is 16, so while the sex in question was consensual, local law prohibits sodomy under the charge of "unnatural connection."

Grenada is one of several Caribbean nations that has laws banning sex between men. The penalty in most islands, including Grenada, is up to 10 years in prison, although Barbados and Guyana have life imprisonment, according to a 2010 UN report.