Nicola Sturgeon has offered an unequivocal apology to gay men convicted of sexual offences that are no longer illegal. The first minister's apology coincided with new legislation that will automatically pardon gay and bisexual men convicted under historical laws. The bill also allow the removal of such convictions from criminal records. Consensual homosexual acts between men aged over 21 in Scotland were only decriminalised in 1981. And it was not until 20 years later that the age of consent for gay men was lowered to 16. Ms Sturgeon apologised on behalf of the Scottish government to all of those convicted before 2001 under discriminatory laws against same-sex sexual activity which is now legal.
November 7 / BBC