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New UK Law to Pardon Gay Men Accused of 'Gross Indecency'


Prime Minister Theresa May is pursuing a law named after World War II codebreaker Alan Turing to pardon 49,000 men who were convicted of gross indecency.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May plans to propose a law that will pardon gay men convicted of "gross indecency."

Homosexuality was decriminalized in England in 1967, but many individuals still have guilty convictions for now-legal actions.

According to a report by Mashable, the proposed law is titled the "Alan Turing law," after the World War II codebreaker--you know, Benedict Cumberbatch's role in The Imitiation Game. Turing was posthumously pardoned in 2013 for a 1952 conviction of gross indecency, for which he took his life two years later.

Along with Cumberbatch and TV producer Stephen Fry, Turing's family has been pursuing a campaign of pardons for the 49,000 other men convicted of these no longer criminal actions.

The law is set to be introduced in "due course," according to May's spokesperson.

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