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Oct
2016
Friday 21st
posted by Morning Star in Britain

POSTHUMOUS pardons for deceased men with convictions for having gay sex will not resolve the injustices suffered by thousands, campaigners said yesterday.

Men convicted over consensual same-sex relationships before the law was changed will soon have their names cleared if a relative requests this from the Home Office.

Thousands of living gay men convicted of sexual offences related to their sexual orientation will also be eligible for pardons.

Tory Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said the government would seek to implement the change through an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill.

But one prominent campaigner said it was wrong to offer pardons and called on the government to offer an apology instead.

George Montague, 94, an author from Brighton who was convicted of gross indecency, told the BBC: “To accept a pardon means to accept that you were guilty. I was not guilty of anything.”

Paul Twocock, campaigns director at LGBT rights charity Stonewall, also said the pardons did not go far enough.

Calls for wider action emerged after World War II codebreaker Alan Turing was granted a posthumous royal pardon in 2013 over his 1952 conviction for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man.




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