Thousands of gay/bisexual men who were convicted of now-abolished sexual offenses have been post humously pardoned by Britain under a new policing law, a statement on Tuesday from the Ministry of Justice confirmed.
The family of Alan Turing delivered a change.org petition to Downing Street signed by almost half a million people calling for more than 49,000 British gay men convicted of gay crimes to be pardoned.
“This is a truly momentous day. We can never undo the hurt caused, but we have apologized and taken action to right these wrongs,” Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said on Tuesday.
“I am immensely proud that ‘Turing’s Law’ has become a reality under this government.”
Sex between men over the age of 21 was seen as a crime in the 70s and 80s in the UK, with England decriminalizing gay sexual activity in 1967 while Scotland decriminalized theirs in 1980 and Northern Ireland in 1982
Source : CNN