Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Labour to introduce ‘Turing Law’

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Anneliese has welcomed Labour's commitment to a new law allowing gay men with historical convictions for 'gross indecency' to be pardoned.

 The family and friends of deceased men will also be able to seek posthumous pardons.

The law is named after Alan Turing, who was instrumental in breaking the Enigma code during the Second World War. Turing was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, and later committed suicide after being chemically castrated. Turing was pardoned in 2013, but other gay and bisexual men who committed the same offence were not. Labour's proposals would recognise that being gay should never have been considered criminal nor indecent.

Anneliese said "I am really glad that Labour has pledged to bring in this legislation which would pardon those convicted of something which should have never been a crime. I am proud to be a member of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBTI rights, and I will continue to fight to end the prejudice and discrimination which sadly so many members of the LGBTI community still experience.

"The last Labour government made huge progress in advancing equality for the LGBTI community: introducing civil partnerships for same sex couples, repealing the homophobic Section 28 legislation, equalising the age of consent, ending the ban on LGBT people serving in our armed forces and making homophobia a hate crime, to name just a few achievements. However, there is still a long way to go, and Turing's Law is only the first of many actions the next Labour government will take to end discrimination against the LGBTI community."

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