They were only half way there

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

The Sex­ual Of­fences Act 1967 per­mit­ted ho­mo­sex­ual acts be­tween two con­sent­ing adults over the age of 21. Gay sex re­mained pros­e­cutable un­less it took place in strict pri­vacy.

The re­form ap­plied to Eng­land and Wales. It was ex­tended to Scot­land in 1980 and to North­ern Ire­land in 1982.

While the Act was a mile­stone in achiev­ing ho­mo­sex­ual law re­form, equal­ity for the LGBTQ com­mu­nity was far from be­ing achieved.

Re­stric­tions were placed on what was con­sid­ered ‘pri­vate’ and the Act only ap­plied to Eng­land and Wales.

It would take a num­ber of years for Par­lia­ment to fully le­galise ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

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