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New UK Law to Pardon Gay Men Accused 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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