THOUSANDS of gay and bisexual men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences were posthumously pardoned yesterday as the so-called “Turing’s Law” took effect.
The pardons, which were first announced last year, have now been officially rubber-stamped after the Policing and Crime Bill received Royal Assent.
It enshrines in law pardons for those convicted of consensual same-sex relationships before laws were changed in 1967.
Campaigners called for wider action after second world war code-breaker Alan Turing was given a posthumous royal pardon in 2013 over a conviction in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man. Mr Turing was chemically castrated and died two years later from cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide.
Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said: “This is a truly momentous day. We can never undo the hurt caused, but we have apologised and taken action to right these wrongs.”