Sexual intercourse with a blood relative—including a parent, child, brother, sister, half-sister, half-brother, grandparent, or grandchild—is against the law at any age.
“Socially conservative groups were against sexual diversity and accepting anything beyond the ideal heterosexual families,” says Dauda.
The law includes a "close-in-age'' provision of five years, which means it would be legal for a 15-year-old to have relations with a 19-year-old provided the relationship is not exploitive and the older party is not in a position of authority or trust.
But while all political parties backed the legislation and law officials welcomed it with open arms, several gay rights groups are not satisfied and have said the law ignores gay men.
It is currently illegal for Canadians under 18 to have anal sex, meaning two gay or bisexual 17-year-olds who engage in the act could end up in jail something the new law does not address.
Other groups, such as Justice for Youth and Children, said the new law, if misunderstood, could end up driving teenage sexual activity underground.