Thousands of gay men, who had been charged under now defunct British laws which deemed homosexuality an offence, are to be pardoned posthumously, with those still living having to apply to the Home Office for same.
The amendment (Turing Law) only applies to England and Wales, and not devolved governments like Northern Ireland and Scotland. Turing Law is based on the pardon which was given recently posthumously to Alan Turing, inventor of the Turing Machine. Turing was chemically castrated rather than serve time in prison for this ‘offence’, and subsequently it was alleged he committed suicide as a result of the treatment.
As a result of this amendment, the pardon can now be extended to other deceased gay men convicted under the old law.
Many older gay men do not agree with the pardon, and want an apology from the government instead, as they say a pardon still looks like they did something wrong by being born gay.
Lord Sharkey (Lib-Dem) who proposed the amendment, has said that of 65,000 men convicted under the old law, 15,000 are still alive today.