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Under the Penal Code of 30 June 1959, sex between men was illegal in all of the former Yugoslavia. During the first half of the 1970's the power over penal legislation was devolved from the Federal Republic to the eight states and provinces. Serbia and Kosovo chose to retain the ban, with Section 110.3 and 81.2 of the respective Penal Codes (effective from 1977) making male homosexual conduct ("unnatural debauchery") illegal and subject to a penalty of up to one year's imprisonment. In Vojvodina sex between men was decriminalised, but with a discriminatory age of consent of 18. There were no references to lesbian relationships.




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