Unison Marks 50th Anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act

“I ask those [homosexuals] to show their thanks by comporting themselves quietly… any form of public flaunting would be utterly distasteful… [And] make the sponsors of this bill regret that they had done what they had done” – Lord Arran (quoted during Royal Assent of the bill by The Times newspaper on 28 July 1967)

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‘It took almost 500 years from the passing of the buggery act, which made homosexuality punishable by death, to reach partial decriminalisation.  As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, it would serve us well to recognise how far we’ve come, and yet how far we still have to go.  This is especially true in light of the Brexit vote, and the election of Donald Trump in the US.’

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