Sunday, March 25, 2012

Alan Turing - setting aside conviction

It is Alan Turing's centenary this year. Turing was convicted of "gross indecency" under Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885, an act that made homosexual acts by consenting adults illegal.

Lord Sharkey, a Manchester Maths Alumnus himself, tabled an amendment to postumously set asside the conviction of all those convicted under this law.

This failed, but Lord Sharkey will continue to look for other avenues to pursue this.

I would like to add my support to this campaign - we owe Turing so much and the tragedy of his early death was likely contributed to by this nasty peice of legislation.

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