Turing's Law took effect today after being officially rubber-stamped
The historic moment was confirmed by the Government as the so-called “Turing's Law” took effect today.
Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said it was a “truly momentous day”.
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It enshrines in law pardons for those convicted of consensual same-sex relationships before laws were changed.
There were calls for wider action after Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing was given a posthumous royal pardon in 2013 over a conviction in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man.
Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said it was a 'truly momentous day'
Turing was chemically castrated and died two years later from cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide.
This is a truly momentous day
Justice Minister Sam Gyimah
Mr Gyimah said: “This is a truly momentous day. We can never undo the hurt caused, but we have apologised and taken action to right these wrongs.
“I am immensely proud that Turing’s Law has become a reality under this Government.”
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A statue of Alan Turing at Bletchley Park
The new law will also see statutory pardons granted to the living.
However, this will only apply in cases where individuals have successfully applied through the Home Office’s disregard process to have historic offences removed.
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