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UK Govt. has decided to pardon thousands of convicted Gay Men, post abolition of Sexual Offences Act


Around 75,000 Gay and Bisexual Men were convicted under the Sexual Offences Act.

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The UK has today decided that it will posthumously pardon thousands of Gay and Bisexual Men who were convicted under now-abolished Sexual Offences Act.

This new law is being called as the ‘Alan Turing Law’ after Britain’s famous Enigma code-breaker responsible for decrypting Nazi messages during World War II.

He was granted a posthumous royal pardon in 2013 – 61 years after he was charged at a Manchester police station over homosexual activity.

UK Justice Minister Sam Gyimaht said that it is hugely important that we pardon people convicted of historical sexual offences as they would be innocent of any crime today.

Around 75,000 gay and bisexual men were convicted under the Sexual Offences Act, which was abolished in 1967, and now around 16,000 only are believed to be alive today

This Law was changed in Scotland in 1980 and in Northern Ireland in 1982.

Theresa May, British Prime Minister has given her full backing to the proposal by the Liberal Democrat party and it will become law tomorrow after the House of Lords officially approves an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill.

Anyone living who has been convicted  can already apply through the UK Home Office to have the offence wiped from the criminal records.

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