Scotland is to pardon gays

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 31: A couple of the same sex Joe Schofield (R) and Malcolm Brown from Tullibody, Clackmannanshire are married by Ross Wright, Celebrant from Humanist Society Scotland in the Trades Hall, Glasgow shortly after midnight in front of friends and family in one of the first same-sex and belief category weddings in Scotland on December 31, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. Same-sex couples have been able to enter into 'civil partnerships' since 2005, however following a change in the law on February 4, 2014. A couple of the same sex are now eligible to marry in Scotland. Parliament's decision to grant same-sex couples an equal right to marriage has been met with opposition from religious groups. Gay marriage is already legal in England and Wales, however the Northern Ireland administration has no plans to make it law. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Scotland is set to introduce its own ‘Turing Law’, after England and Northern Ireland decided to officially pardon the people charged of gay sex before decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK. Previously raised in October, if approved by the Scottish Parliament it would mean that all convicted gay and bisexual men would receive a formal pardon for past convictions The bill is set to be introduced by the end of this week, BBC News informs. The pardon would only apply to men because female same-sex activity has never been a crime. Scottish legislation would be different from the laws in England and Wales which only grant automatic pardons to those who died before February this year, whereas those living must apply for a ‘disregard.’ A disregard allows a person convicted of or cautioned for one or more certain offences to apply to have a conviction or caution disregarded.

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