Labour backs ‘Turing law’ to quash historical gay convictions

It’s been over a year now since I made my original post about Alan Turing, the brilliant mind behind the cracking of the Enigma during WWII. I shared, also, lesser posts about the film made of his life and of the young man who wrote the Academy Award-winning screenplay adaptation. If you will recall, despite all the hard work Turing did for the British government (and for the Allied forces in general), he was convicted of “gross indecency” because he had had an affair with a 19 year old man. He was chemically castrated for it.

Relatives of Mr Turing have, as of late, been pressing hard for the British government to quash all homosexual convictions of this kind and the Labour Party, seems to be the one most likely to help get the “Turing’s Law” passed.

The Labour leader said a new law would allow family and friends of deceased men to seek the quashing of historical convictions for “gross indecency”.

Legislation would be known as “Turing’s Law” in memory of Alan Turing, he said.

The Enigma code-breaker was convicted of “gross indecency” in 1952 and was only given a posthumous pardon in 2013.

Homosexuality was illegal until it was decriminalised in England in 1967.

Mr Turing was convicted for gross indecency in 1952 in connection with an affair with a 19-year-old man, after which he was chemically castrated.

The conviction meant he lost his security clearance and had to stop the code-cracking work that had proved vital to the Allies in World War Two.

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