Participants hold giant rainbow flags during the Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade in Taipei Oct. 31, 2015. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang
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Britain is to pardon thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted of crimes under sexual offence laws which have now been abolished, following on from the 2013 exoneration of celebrated World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.Homosexual acts were not decriminalized in England until 1967 and it was not until 2001 that the age of consent for homosexuals was reduced to 16, bringing it into line with the law governing heterosexuals.Lord John Sharkey, who has been pushing the government to issue pardons, said some 65,000 men had been convicted under the now-repealed laws, of which 15,000 were still alive.The pardon plan has been dubbed "Turing's Law" in reference to the brilliant wartime mathematician who cracked Nazi Germany's "unbreakable" Enigma code.
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