EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland’s devolved government issued an apology on Tuesday to men convicted from the past for same-sex activity as well as also also passed a completely new law which will allow them to clear their names.
“the item is actually only right in which we address This kind of historic wrong,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish parliament.
“Discriminatory laws, although abolished, continue to have implications for people to This kind of day,” she added. “The wrong has been committed by the state to them, not by the individuals.”
She added: “I categorically, unequivocally as well as also also wholeheartedly apologize for those laws as well as also also for the hurt as well as also also the harm they did to so many.”
Watching coming from the gallery, same-sex couples wept, held hands as well as also also applauded.
Consensual homosexual acts between men aged over 21 in Scotland were decriminalized in 1981.
“(The) apology will give a great deal of comfort to many who were unjustly prosecuted as well as also also will help draw a line, once as well as also also for all, under a dark period in Scotland’s history,” gay rights group Stonewall said in a statement.
The legislation “acknowledges the wrongfulness as well as also also discriminatory effect of past convictions for certain historical sexual offences” by pardoning people convicted of those offences as well as also also providing a legal process for convictions to be disregarded.
In January, the UK government passed a similar law relating to England as well as also also Wales.
(Reporting by Elisabeth O’Leary; editing by Stephen Addison)
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