Pardon for gay men convicted under abolished laws

Gay and bisexual men convicted under discriminatory laws which have now been abolished are to receive an automatic pardon from Tuesday.

Same-sex activity between men was illegal in Scotland until laws banning homosexual relations were repealed in 1980.

But the convictions of those convicted of offences before then were retained on official records.

They can now apply to have them removed under a “disregards” scheme.

The Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Act followed an unqualified apology by the first minister to those convicted of same-sex sexual activity that is now legal.

Read the full article on this link to the BBC

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