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    Before and during the formation of the United KingdomChristianity and homosexuality clashed. Same-sex sexual activity was characterised as "sinful" and, under the Buggery Actwas outlawed and punishable by death. LGBT rights first came to prominence following the decriminalisation of sexual activity between men, lesbixn in England and Walesand later in Scotland lesbizn Northern Ireland.

    Sexual activity between women was never subject to the same legal restriction. Since the turn of the 21st century, LGBT rights have increasingly strengthened in support. Some discrimination protections had existed for LGBT people sincebut were extended to all areas under the Equality Act The age of consent was equalised, regardless of sexual orientationin at 16 in England, Scotland and Wales.

    The age of consent was lowered to 16 in Northern Ireland inpreviously it was 17 regardless of sexual lesbian. Transgender people have had the right to change their legal gender since The same year, same-sex couples were granted the right to enter into a civil partnershipa similar legal structure to marriage, and also to adopt in Sex and Kesbian. Scotland later followed on adoption rights for same-sex couples in zex, and Northern Ireland in lesbiam Same-sex marriage was legalised in England, Wales and Scotland in[3] but remains unavailable in Northern Ireland where it is recognised solely as a civil partnership.

    However, the UK Parliament legislated for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, which is expected to come into force on or before 13 January A Integrated Household Survey estimated 1. Decades before the formation of the modern United Kingdom inEnglish law identified anal sex as an offence punishable by hanging as a result of the Buggery Actsex was pioneered by Henry VIII. The Act was the country's first civil sodomy law ; such offences having previously been dealt with by the ecclesiastical courts.

    While it was repealed in on the accession of Mary I um, it was re-enacted in under Elizabeth I. James Pratt and John Smith were the last two to be executed for sodomy in Although section 61 of the Offences against the Person Act removed the death penalty for homosexuality, male lesiban acts remained illegal and were punishable by imprisonment. The Labouchere Amendmentsection 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Actextended the laws regarding homosexuality to include any kind of sexual activity between males.

    Oscar Wilde was convicted under this law and sentenced to 2 years of penal labour. Conversely, lesbians were never acknowledged or targeted by legislation. In Scotland, although there were no statutes making sex between men unlawful between and[17] homosexual acts were punishable. One example is the commission for trial of Gavin Bell. In the early s, the police actively enforced laws prohibiting sexual behaviour between men.

    By the end ofthere were sxe, lesbian men in prison in England and Wales, with an average age of He accepted treatment with female hormones chemical castration as an alternative to prison. Turing committed suicide in Former Prime Minister Gordon Brownin response to a petition, issued an apology on behalf lsbian the British Government in for "the appalling way he was treated".

    The Wolfenden Committee was set up on 24 August to consider UK law relating to "homosexual offences"; the Report of the Departmental Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution better known as the Sex report was published on sex September It recommended that "homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence", finding lebian "homosexuality cannot legitimately be regarded as a disease, because in many cases it is the only symptom and is compatible with full mental health in other respects.

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    It maintained general prohibitions on buggery and indecency between men, but provided esx a limited decriminalisation of homosexual acts where three conditions were fulfilled: 1 the act had to be consensual, 2 the act had sex take place in private and 3 the act could involve only people that had attained the age of This was a higher age of consent than lesbiwn for heterosexual acts, which was set at Further, "in private" limited participation in lfsbian act to two people.

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    In FebruaryParliament considered reform of the law on rape and other sexual offences during the passage of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill. Conservative MP Edwina Currie proposed an amendment to equalise the age of consent of same-sex sexual activities to Currie's amendment was defeated by votes to Those against included David Blunkett and Ann Taylor.

    There were angry scenes outside the Palace of Westminster at the defeat of the amendment, when those involved in a demonstration organised by the group OutRage! Another amendment proposed by Sir Anthony Durant suggested lesbian the age of consent to 18, which passed by votes toand supporters included Michael Howard and John Major. An amendment proposed by Simon Hughes which was intended to equalise the age of consent lezbian homosexuals and heterosexuals to 17 was not voted upon.

    The bill as a whole was given a second reading in the Lords by votes to Lord Longford then sought to reintroduce 21 as the minimum age in the Lords, but this was defeated by votes to An amendment by the Deputy Labour Leader in the House of Lords, Lord MacIntosh of Haringey, that would have equalised the age of consent to 16, was rejected by votes sex In its decision of 1 Julyin the case of Sutherland v.

    United Kingdom lesbina, the European Commission of Human Rights found that Articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention lesbiann Human Rights were violated lebsian a discriminatory age of consent, on the ground that there was no objective and reasonable justification for maintaining a higher minimum age for male homosexual acts.

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    Those campaigning against the amendment claimed they were simply sex to protect children. Baroness Youngthe leader of the campaign against the amendment, said, "Homosexual practices carry great health risks to young people.

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    On 31 Oesbianthe Policing and Crime Act went into effect after being given royal assent. A section of the Act known as the " Alan Turing law " officially gave posthumous pardons to the thousands of homosexual men from England and Lesboan who had been convicted under those regions' old sodomy laws, and gave those still living the possibility to apply to have their conviction erased.

    Disregards have been available sinceremoving the conviction from the person's criminal records. In Juneit was revealed that only two men had sought pardons for historic gay sex offences in Northern Ireland and that they both failed to have their convictions overturned.

    Across the UK, over half of those who applied for a pardon did not have their convictions overturned. This law ukk sections 4 lesbian 3 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Actwhich was labelled as the UK's "last anti-gay law". It went into effect immediately after royal assent. Civil partnerships are a separate union which give most but not all of the rights and responsibilities of civil marriage, but there are recognition issues sx other countries and with the use of courtesy titles.

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    Previous legislation in England and Wales had prevented same-sex marriage, including the Marriage Act which defined marriage as sexx a man and a woman, the Nullity of Marriage Act which explicitly banned same-sex marriages, and the Matrimonial Causes Act which reiterated the provisions of the Nullity of Marriage Act.

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    Same-sex marriages performed in Great Britain and across the world are recognised as civil partnerships in Northern Ireland. Of the MLAs who voted on a motion to recognise same-sex marriage, 53 MLAs votes in favour and 51 voted against, the first time a majority of the Assembly had ever voted in favour of same-sex marriage.

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