Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Dec 2012 19:11 UTC
In the News "Peers and scientists including Professor Stephen Hawking are once again pushing for an official pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing. Turing's death from cyanide poisoning in 1954 was ruled a suicide, coming after his conviction for gross indecency at a time when homosexuality was illegal." The fact that he still hasn't been pardoned is an utter disgrace.
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by M.Onty on Sat 15th Dec 2012 21:42 UTC
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The fact that such a law was on the statute books, and was being actively used to prosecute people, is a disgrace. But what about pardons for all the other gay men who fell foul of it? What about pardons for gay men who were prosecuted for having sex with 17 year olds immediately before the age of consent was made the same for hetro- and homosexual acts?

Pardoning Turing would make everyone feel better, but the law is supposed to be about more than that. What he did was against the law at the time, and pardons indicate that no law was broken, not that statute itself was misguided. For that we have official apologies, and I'm pretty sure one has already been issued in this case; by the Prime Minister, no less.

Having said that, if Parliament did fancy creating a new precedent, as is its constitutional right, by pardoning all people prosecuted under now-redundant homophobic Acts of Parliament, then all power to them.

Edited 2012-12-15 21:44 UTC

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