93-year-old man charged of homosexuality gets an apology 43 years after

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: A general view of the parade during Brighton Pride 2015 on August 1, 2015 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images)

George Montague, dubbed the ‘oldest gay in the village’, has been given an “abject apology” in a letter from the Home Office. Mr Montague was convicted in 1974 of gross indecency with a man and has fought ever since for an apology. The governmental ruling to pardon gay people is already in power, but the man wanted to get an official apology as well. Thousands signed Mr Montague’s petition asking for “an apology before I die”, which he delivered to Downing Street with his husband, Somchai Pukklai. As his request was satisfied the man claimed to be on cloud 9 of happiness which he cannot find words to describe. The letter, sent to him by the Home Office, reads: “Understand that we offer this full apology. Their treatment was entirely unfair. What happened to these men is a matter of the greatest regret and it should be so to all of us.” Taking to his Facebook page, he wrote: “Thank you so much for all those thousands who kindly signed my petition. It’s all been as successful as possible with the result a full Apology from the Government in and from the Parliament.” An interview on BBC Newsnight explaining why he wanted an apology, not a pardon, has now been viewed a million times.


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