They were only half way there
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.