UK to address homophobic ‘wrongs of the past’ — Analysis
British authorities will expunge criminal records for individuals who were convicted of consenting homosexual activity in accordance with now-repealed laws
The UK Home Office will wipe the criminal records of individuals who were convicted under rescinded laws that made consensual homosexual activity illegal, through new legislation aimed at righting “the wrongs of the past.”
An amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will expand the government’s disregards and pardons scheme. This new legislation covers any civilian or military offense that punishes consensual sexual activities between individuals of the same gen.
Persons who were convicted or cautioned under this scheme will get an automatic pardon. Anyone who was alive before these changes is granted a posthumous pardon.
“It is only right that where offences have been abolished, convictions for consensual activity between same-sex partners should be disregarded too,”Priti Patel (UK Home Secretary) spoke on Tuesday.
It is my hope that the expansion of pardons and disregards will help to correct the mistakes made in the past.
A cross-sectional of political leaders had criticised the UK government for not expanding the scheme to include the prosecution of same-sex consensual relationships.
Conservative Lord Lexden described failure to extend pardons in this manner “an affront to gay people.”Cashman, a non-affiliated member of the Lords Court, demanded that laws be changed to include him. “have immiserated the lives of gay and bisexual people.” Patel thanked both of the peers for raising the issue and pushing for the scheme’s expansion.
“We are delighted that our long campaign will at last bring many gay people, both living and deceased, the restitution they deserve,” the Lords said in a statement following the government’s announcement.
The Home Office outlined the conditions for disgraceful and pardon. It stated that anyone who was involved in the incident must have reached 16 years of age and must not be a criminal.
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