Thousands of gay men pardoned for historic gay sex crimes

Thousands of gay men pardoned for historic gay sex crimes
National News
Posted on 31 Jan 2017

Thousands of gay and bisexual men have today (Tuesday 31 January) been pardoned for historic gay sex crimes.

‘Turing’s Law’ or the Policing and Crime Bill as its officially known, gives pardons to anyone who has died with a crime on their record if it the offense would not be considered a crime today.

Sam Gyimah, the Justice Minister, called it a ‘truly momentous day’, saying: “We can never undo the hurt caused, but we have apologized and taken action to right these wrongs ‘I am immensely proud that ‘Turing’s Law’ has become a reality under this government.”

However, the pardons do not apply to those still living, but men who have successfully applied via the Home Office to historic offenses removed will see statutory pardons.

Gay or bisexual men who have been convicted for an offense that involved a person younger than 16, was non-consensual or constitutes the offense of sexual activity in a public lavatory are not eligible for a pardon.

Another Private Members’ Bill from John Nicolson MP did not receive support from the Government. The bill would have granted an automatic blanket pardon to any men convicted under the historic laws, as long as their conviction does not constitute a crime today, no matter if they’re dead or still living.

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