Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 20th Jul 2013 19:05 UTC
Legal "Alan Turing, the Enigma codebreaker who took his own life after being convicted of gross indecency under anti-homosexuality legislation, is to be given a posthumous pardon. The government signalled on Friday that it is prepared to support a backbench bill that would pardon Turing, who died from cyanide poisoning at the age of 41 in 1954 after he was subjected to 'chemical castration'." Justice.
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PhilPotter
by PhilPotter on Sat 20th Jul 2013 21:27 UTC
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Fact of the matter is whether one was a hero in those times or not, a man or woman being sent to prison/forced to take chemicals to castrate their sexual drive simply because of which sex they were attracted to is an absolute travesty. The law was wrong - a pardon implies admission of guilt. Every conviction under this law should be quashed, and everybody apologised to - those who are still alive, and those who have now perished. To do anything else - to admit it was OK for some to be gay but not others - is the political classes showing us they have learnt nothing.

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