Scotland pardons gay men convicted under homophobic laws

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10/14/2019

Gay and bisexual men in Scotland prosecuted for consensual same-sex activity will receive an automatic pardon under a law which came into effect on Tuesday aiming to correct a “historic wrong”. The law will cover anyone convicted for same-sex activity which is no longer illegal, ranging from gay sex to kissing or flirting, and those affected can apply to have their former police record ‘disregarded’ or wiped clean. Hundreds of men in Scotland were living with criminal records as a result of such discriminatory former laws, estimated LGBT+ rights group Equality Network, which said the convictions had hampered careers and overshadowed men’s lives. “We know of people who were prosecuted as late as the early 1990s for things like kissing their boyfriend in the street,” said director Tim Hopkins, adding that for men prosecuted in earlier decades especially it could have been “devastating”.

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