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*SOLVED* Legality of teenage male/male sex in Scotland

ETA: Thanks guys! You guys are really helpful and awesome! Thank you so much <3

My story: two American teenage boys going to school in Scotland, present day.
What I'm trying to do: let them have legal consensual sex.

I found this information on this Wikipedia entry:
Since 1 December 2010, the age of consent in Scotland is 16, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender. [17] [18]. Before that date, it was 16 for girls (under a statutory offence [19]) and 14 for boys (the common law age of puberty). However, consensual sex with a girl aged 13 or over but under 16 is not rape but a lesser offence; on 1 December 2010 this has been given the specific name of "having intercourse with an older child".

Male homosexual acts were illegal in Scotland until 1980 when they were decriminalised by the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980, Section 80, which specified an age of consent of 21. The Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 lowered the age of consent of 18 and this was further lowered to 16 by the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 described above. Male rape will be recognised along with a complete overhaul of sexual offences legislation under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 (in force from the 1 December 2010, except for sections 52 and 53)[20].

English is my second language. Just to make sure I'm understanding the article correctly, I would like to ask:

If my male characters had anal intercourse in Scotland in July 2010, and they were over 16 at the time, it was legal, right?

Thank you!
Tags: uk: scotland (misc), ~homosexuality (misc), ~sex

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