|Time to judge them by today’s mores?|
Home secretary Amber Rudd has been urged by Unite, the union, to institute a legal pardon for all those convicted of homosexual offences.
Unite wants the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act on 27 July, which decriminalised homosexual acts between men aged over 21, to be a launch pad to extend the Alan Turing ‘pardon’ to all categories of offences. An estimated 15,000 people could benefit.Earlier this year, the Policing and Crime Act extended pardons to those convicted of homosexual offences which were no longer on the statute book. The pardon was modelled on the one granted in 2013 to mathematician Alan Turing, who broke the wartime Enigma codes, but committed suicide in 1954 after a conviction for gross indecency.