Saturday, 28 July 2012
45th Anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967
28 July 2012 marks the 45th anniversary of the granting of Royal Assent to the Sexual Offences Act 1967. See Tim Bennett-Goodman's article on the impact on the gay community in England and Wales of this landmark piece of legislation:
About Leo Abse's role in decriminalisation (4th para of the section):
Arthur Gore, 8th Earl of Arran (1910-1983), was a Conservative whip in the House of Lords. He was the sponsor in the House of Lords of Leo Abse's bill, he also sponsored a bill for the protection of badgers. He was once asked why the badger bill had not received enough support to pass whereas decriminalising homosexuality had. "Not many badgers in the House of Lords," he replied.
If you're interested, you can see the original text of the Act here: