Some countries other than the United States also have Romeo and Juliet laws.
Ireland's 2006 law has been contested because it treats girls differently from boys.
It means a defendant won’t be adjudicated as guilty, as long as he or she complies with the court’s conditions.Age of consent reform is efforts to change age of consent laws.Proposed reforms typically include raising, lowering, or abolishing the age of consent, applying (or not applying) close-in-age exemptions, changing penalties, or changing how cases are examined in court.But it may be confusing to some people about the term "minor" and the concept of when it is "legal" to have sex. I read that as long as there is no more than 3 years' difference, it is legal. Confused female, age 16, USA Dear Confused, It is illegal to have sex with him, because the age of consent in California is 18."Age of consent" and "age of majority" are sometimes legally distinct, depending on where you live: Dear Panel, I am 16 and I am dating an 18 year old. If someone were to press charges against him for statutory rape, the two years' age difference would make him guilty of a misdemeanor, which carries lesser penalties than If he were three years older, when it would be a felony.Teens and young adults sometimes aren’t aware of the possible criminal consequences of dating someone underage, attorneys say.