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The Sexual Offences Act 1967: 50 years on

Written by Lizzie Hendy, Monitoring Content Manager on 25 August 2017

2017 marks 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 came into force. As the UK marks this milestone, campaigners reflect on how far LGBT legal rights have come and what changes are still needed.

Overall they note that the law change was only a partial decriminalisation. The Act decriminalised homosexual acts between consenting men, however it set the age of consent at 21, compared to 16 for heterosexual couples.

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