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H.R. 4254: To prohibit United States contributions to international organizations that advocate for sexual activity by persons who are younger than the domestically prescribed minimum age of consent.

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About the bill

All current congressional sponsors so far hail from Florida.


In March, a report from the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the United Nations’ anti-AIDS organization, UNAIDS, called for “non-discriminatory” enforcement of sexual age-of-consent laws around the world.

For example, that would mean nations or states:

  • Wouldn’t set differing ages of consent for males and females
  • Wouldn’t permit nonconsensual sex or rape when a teenager is married, the so-called “marriage loophole” in some jurisdiction
  • Wouldn’t criminalize consensual sex between two teenagers, such as a 17-year-old and 16-year-old if that jurisdiction’s age of consent is 17

Some in the right-wing media ecosystem misrepresented the report as advocating for overturning age-of-consent laws worldwide, or legalizing sexual relations between adults and children, even though it actually advocated no such thing …

Sponsor and status

Brian Mast

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 21st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 21, 2023
Length: 3 pages
Jun 21, 2023
118th Congress (2023–2025)

Introduced on Jun 21, 2023

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 21, 2023. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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Jun 21, 2023

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