The offences of buggery and "gross indecency" were still in force, however the new act introduced exemptions for married couples, and any two consenting adults above the age of 21 regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The question of compliance with the law is a separate issue and is not addressed by these guidelines. LGBT rights in Brazil and Legal status of homosexuality in Brazil Brazilian criminal law does not punish any sexual act performed by consenting adults, but allows for prosecution, under statutory rape laws, when one of the participants is under 14 years of age and the other an adult, as per Articles A of the Brazilian Penal Code. Then since , the states and territories that retained different ages of consent or other vestiges of sodomy laws have tended to repeal them later; Western Australia did so in , and New South Wales and the Northern Territory did so in Buggery remained punishable by death until The Sexual Offences Act legalised sex between men in private, with an age of consent of There are other points where they do not coincide; for example, where young people are involved in consensual sexual relationships and are not at risk of harm. The bill had been originally introduced in the House of Commons in by then Minister of Justice Pierre Trudeau ,  who famously stated that "there's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation". Since the article is entitled Of pederasty or other libidinous acts, gay rights advocates claim that, since the Brazilian armed forces are composed almost exclusively of males, the article allows for witch-hunts against homosexuals in the military service. Suggestions for further lowering of the age In May the barrister Barbara Hewson should be lowered to 13 to stop the "persecution of old men". However the Act includes specific exemptions. The UK is a signatory to this convention. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child gives children and young people the right to make their views heard and be involved in any decisions which affect them.