CAMPAIGNS: Gay victory over age of consent - Lobbying
Lobby group Stonewall was set up in 1989 to promote equality in all
aspects of life for gay men and lesbians. In 1994 it campaigned to get
the homosexual age of consent lowered from 21 - at that time the highest
in Europe - to 16. Despite winning an enormous amount of support, the
vote was narrowly defeated, although Parliament compromised, lowering it
to the age of 18. This year it pushed for another vote to be held.