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An Australian judge has been suspended, after claiming that incest can no longer be treated as “unnatural” because people have accepted homosexuality.
Ruling in the case of a 58-year-old man accused of repeatedly raping his sister, District Court Judge Garry Neilson refused to admit evidence from a previous trial where the man had pleaded guilty to a charge of incest.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, he said that given homosexuality had gone from criminalised to accepted, “a jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now available.”
He added: “If this was the 50s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would say it’s unnatural for a man to be interested in another man or a man being interested in a boy. Those things have gone.
“They are both mature adults. The complainant has been sexually awoken, shall we say, by having two relationships with men and she had become ‘free’ when the second relationship broke down.
“The only thing that might change that is the fact that they were a brother and sister but we’ve come a long way from the 1950s
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