Gay sex and the law in the UK

GAY SEX AND THE LAW IN THE UK

 
1300 "Those who are guilty of sodomy shall be buried alive" - as would those who "have connections" with Jews or Jewesses. (By proclamation of the Church i.e it was Canon Law)

1533 Sodomy for men made punishable by death

1806 More executions for sodomy than for murder

1836 The last British execution for sodomy - though the law was not changed until 1861

1885 The offence of "Gross indecency between males" was introduced to cover all gay sex other than anal intercourse. Lesbianism is not mentioned

1898 Soliciting "for immoral purposes" is applied to gay men

1955 It becomes an offence for a man to "solicit for immoral purposes in a public place"

1967 The Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalizes gay sex in "private" between consenting adults over 21 in England and Wales

1980 Scotland adopts the 1967 Sexual Offences Act

1981 Northern Ireland is forced by the European Court of Human Rights to adopt the 1967 Sexual Offences Act

1988 Section 28 of the Local Government Act makes it illegal for a local authority a) intentionally to promote homosexuality and b) to promote the teaching in schools of the acceptability of homosexuality as a "pretend family relationship"

1994 The Sexual Offences Act is amended to reduce the age of consent for sex between men to 18

1999 The formation of a sex offenders register which includes gay men charged with offences while "cottaging" and "cruising"

2000 The Sexual Offences Act is amended to reduce the age of consent for sex between men to 16

2000 The Ministry of Defence scraps the ban on homosexuals serving in the armed forces

2000 Scotland scraps Section 28

2003 The rest of the UK scraps Section 28. Legislation introduced to counteract discrimination against gay men and lesbians in employment.

2005 Civil Partnerships between same sex couples become legally valid

2007 The Goods and Services Act is amended to include outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
 
 
 

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