UK pardons historical convictions for abolished consensual same-sex crimes – BBC News

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More people will be eligible for a pardon for historical criminal convictions relating to homosexual activity, the UK government has said.

It means anyone convicted or cautioned for consensual homosexual activity, under now-abolished laws, can apply to have them “disregarded”.

The convictions would be wiped from record and an automatic pardon given.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said she hoped the revised scheme “would go some way to righting the wrongs of the past”.

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  1. If God does not like soddomy. He is quite capable of administering his own punishments. As the bible tells us.

  2. Why a pardon they broke the law even though it's legal now it wasn't then..

  3. Zero coverage from the BBC regarding the petition against Tony Blair.
    All the newspapers with YouTube channels have covered it this week…
    ITV asked Keir starmer about it…
    BBC.. Crickets.

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  6. What about all the previous British colonies where similar inhuman laws are still in force? This is like saying sorry for murder and walking away!!

  7. Meanwhile, more than 50% of adherents to the “religion of peace” polled in the U.K. believe homosexuals should be imprisoned or worse.

  8. Makes me hope the UK becomes an Islamic state. Lets see how 'loud and proud' some of these people would be then.

  9. Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures
    1 Corinthians 15:1-4 

    “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23 

    “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9 – 10-10

    There is therefore now no condemnation
    to them which are in Christ Jesus,
    who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    Romans 8:1

    “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
    and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
    1 John 1:9

  10. 😂😂😂 why is lgbt so important when we've got bigger issues we've got a idiot like bojo in power get rid of him sort the country out first

  11. It’s not enough these people have never conserved anything in the present, they can’t even leave the past alone.

  12. The day a man can give birth through out his butt. I will support gay

  13. Defundthebbc I don’t pay these
    Lefty’s wages

  14. How did people even get convicted for this? First, you have to get caught, then the tattletale has to go to the police, then you need to file a case, and then you need evidence that's presumably more than one witness's testimony. It boggles my mind.

  15. It’s about time. They shouldn’t have to apply though it should just be done. 🌈

  16. Uk persecuted Alan Turing, who helped the British army to decipher enigma code during World War 2, because of his same-sex relationship…the homophobia is still on…if u r gay, it doesn't matter to the nation that u had been a good citizen who was helped the country in need.

  17. There will be a zombie apocalypse.. The dead people won’t forgive..

  18. It was the law. Aren’t you always supposed to follow the law, even if you believe it’s wrong? See the Coronavirus Act 2020 for example. I’m looking at Boris. See how this works people? What the bloody hell do you think a pardon application really does for anybody now? It’s just more politicians virtue signaling. And voters eat it up.

  19. Crazy that this was such a calamitous issue so recently. And crazy that all this wasnt righted a long time ago. Hopefully this will mean that the Ministry of Justice will go out of their way and above and beyond to right these wrongs. Symbolic financial compensation should also be considered. Im sure that the amounts necessary to adequately compensate would absolutely not be available but a symbolic amount could be an important symbolic act to denote that a a serious wrong was perpetrated and that we aren't just saying "woops, our bad".

  20. bbc, what are those people working on behind newsreader?

  21. Everyone affected by this law (whether dead or alive), should be fully pardoned at this point! To remain stagnant on this is pure ignorance.

  22. Yet no accountability.

  23. Now abolish your monarchy because rumors are England is pro Prince Andrew and pedophilia is normal on that little island

  24. A blanket apology is required and compensation is in order.

  25. The writer Oscar Wilde was one of the victims of this ridiculous law.

  26. What's next full pardons for convicted paedophiles

  27. How has this not been done decades ago? One of the greatest heros in British history, Alan Turing was driven to suicide simply for preferring the same sex.

  28. I'm a homophobe 💪

  29. The writer Oscar Wilde was one of the victims of this ridiculous law.

  30. If they can be some what decent about this, why cant they control rents, sort the housing shortage, declassify marawana, sort the homeless veterans, roll back that incidious police bill, get brexit to work – all they are going to do is score political points with this – something that should have be done decades ago. I served with gay men in war, I have no problem with them putting on the uniform and doing the job, a job mind you that the MPs would not do themselves. What they did in point to Alan Turin was nothing more than dispicable a hate crime of the upmost. Discrimination of any sort should not be tolorated in today's society – this country destoryed the slavery trade (historical fact) yet we are blamed for it because of perception – this should be taught and isnt, if we did this in the 1700 and the 1800s why cant we look past our noses today.

  31. bet they wont get comp for time served.

  32. British buggery laws are still alive and well in many ex-British colonies. For example if anyone buggers someone in Jamaica, you can be sentenced to 10 years hard labor. In Saudi, never a British colony, you can be executed for it.

  33. My first thought was: How OLD would these victims of changing social mores be now? But 1997 is very recent! Nonetheless, I'm not convinced that the army has changed its views on homosexuality!

  34. A crime is a crime. If a dude wants to believe he's tinker bell that's fine.

  35. a beautiful news is through of Jesuchrist we have salvation and eternal life

    believe in the place where you are with all your heart and mind ..read in the holy Bible in

    st Jhon 3 : 16 , Romans 10 : 9 – 13 , Acts 4 : 12 , st Jhon 14 : 6

    st Jhon 11 : 25 , st John 1 : 12

  36. I not gay but this is good news. Let people live their lives. It doesn't affect me and I consider their private lives none of my business.

  37. Fuck Westminster and the bbc for tying to spin this. They and the government are still making the lives of gay and trans people hell.

  38. Who will do the same for their former colonies?

  39. God almighty Allah the magnificent, created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.

  40. I thought bbc upload smt important bruh

  41. Decided to join the 21 century hey?