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Explanatory Memorandum to Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008

Article 30: Articles 23 to 26: exception for spouses and civil partners

7.73.Article 30 provides that A will not commit an offence under Articles 23 to 26 if he can prove that, at the time of the sexual activity, B was aged 16 or over and he and B were lawfully married or civil partners of each other.

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