Sexual Offences Act 1967 .

January 6, 2021 By Swapnil Suryawanshi

The Sexual Offences Act 1967 is an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom (citation 1967 c. 60). It legalized homosexual acts, on the condition that they were consensual, in private and between two men who had attained the age of 21. The Act applied only to England and Wales. The law was extended to Scotland by the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980 and to Northern Ireland by the Homosexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 1982.

1967 Sexual Offences Act: 50 years on - The National Archives blog

Legislation and debate :

By 1965, a majority of MPs in the House of Commons were also sympathetic to changing the law. Berkeley’s bill passed a second reading 164–107 in February 1966. Its passage was interrupted by the dissolution of Parliament for the 1966 general election. Berkeley lost his seat, but the election increased the number of MPs who were likely to support the bill. Abse became the bill’s main sponsor and he re-introduced the bill.

Background :

Homosexual activity between men had been illegal for centuries. There was never an explicit ban on homosexual activity between women. In the 1950s, there was an increase of prosecutions against homosexual men and several well-known figures had been convicted. The government set up a committee led by John Wolfenden to consider the laws on homosexuality. In 1957.

What was the 1967 Sexual Offences Act and what did it achieve? -  HistoryExtra

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