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Manx gay pardon consultation upcoming

Island's Solicitor General advising Home Affairs

Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson says a provision for a gay pardon law on the Island is to be introduced into the forthcoming Sexual Offences Bill.

Mr Watterson was speaking following UK Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement of a commitment to implement the so-called Alan Turing law.

The famous code-breaker was posthumously pardoned for his homosexuality in 2013.

The UK legalised homosexuality in 1967.

On the Island, the Manx Rainbow Association has been campaigning to see gay men prosecuted before the law was changed on the Island in 1992 vindicated by law.

Mr Watterson says he's spoken to the Solicitor General to see what the process may be for pardons here:

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