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Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) Bill passed 07/06/2018 The Scottish Parliament has unanimously passed the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) Bill.

Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) Bill passed

Gay and bisexual men in Scotland will receive automatic pardons for historical convictions for homosexuality, after the Scottish Parliament unanimously passed the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) Bill.

The Bill will also enable men who have convictions of same-sex sexual activity that is now legal removed from central criminal conviction records.

Last year, the First Minister issued unqualified apologies to those convicted of same-sex sexual activity that is now legal.

“This marks a key moment where we address a historic wrong, where the law criminalised people simply because of their sexual orientation. This Bill can itself not right the massive injustice caused by laws that helped foster homophobia and hatred, criminalised acts between consenting adults, and stopped people from being themselves around their families, friends, neighbours and colleagues,” said Justice Secretary Michael Matheson, who brought the legislation to Parliament.

“But this legislation does send a clear message that these laws were unjust. The wrong has been committed by the state, not by the individuals—the wrong has been done to them,” he added.

 

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