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oldmenAmendments to the Freedom Bill made today will mean that men with old convictions for consensual gay sex on their criminal records can apply to have them removed.

Gay sex has been legal since 1967, making the ruling more than a little overdue for the men who have had their lives blighted for so long by an unfair criminal record.

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: “For some gay men, these convictions have continued to overshadow their lives long after the offences were removed from the statute book. Britain has moved on. It’s only right that these men should be free to apply for jobs and voluntary roles without fearing that these historic and unjust convictions will be revealed through criminal record checks. Stonewall will be encouraging politicians of all parties to back the measures in the months ahead.”

 

 


 

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