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Harta leading jurisprudential scholar, who provided argument in its support. ISBN See also. There was no positive crusade to promote LGBT rights by the government, and some of the legislation was passed following backbench amendments to wider legislation rather than the government leading from the front though it did use the Parliament Act in an unprecedented way to ensure passing of the equal age of consent.

It was not in any sense a libertarian charter. Also, for the first time openly homosexual Wolfenden report gave evidence to the committee, as Wolfenden report other perceived experts and a host of other interested parties.

The report made a crucial distinction between private actions and public order. In this way Wolfenden conjured into being for the first time in British law the notion of the distinct homosexual personage.

Wildeblood had been convicted and sent to prison. The second point to note is that this new framework for regulation had differential impacts on men and women, and on heterosexually- and homosexually-inclined people. The recommendations eventually led to the passage of the Sexual Offences Actapplying to England and Wales only, that replaced the previous laws on homosexuality contained in the Offences Against The Person Act Thirdly, Wolfenden articulated a view of homosexuality that was to be immensely influential both for women although the section of the report addressing homosexuality was not directly concerned with them and for men.

The new gay movement, on the contrary, asserted the importance of public affirmation of gayness as a way of enhancing and legitimising private lives: Vague Many of these countries now have same-sex partnership laws.

As a result there was a police crackdown on street prostitution following the report. It concluded that the criminalisation of homosexuality was an impingement on civil liberty.

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Although Wolfenden hardly endorsed homosexuality, it recognised that for many it was an irrevocable destiny. Conclusions A sense of difference is continually reinforced by the continuing strength of the heterosexual assumption.

The Wolfenden Report All of these events and controversies helped to keep the issue of law reform near the top of the political agenda, creating pressure for a re-evaluation of the criminalisation of homosexuality.

Wolfenden had for the first time defined the legal personage of the homosexual. The direction of change was unmistakeable, but its meanings are still contested. Sir John Wolfenden became director of the British Museum and was made a life peer in Homosexual men would have to wait another ten years before the law permitted sexual relations between adults over the age of 21 - "in private" and not at all among members of the Merchant Navy or Armed Forces.

This is not a simple history of effortless progress from the darkness of s oppression to the enlightenment of the tolerant Noughties. It is not, in our view, the function of the law to intervene in the private life of citizens, or to seek to enforce any particular pattern of behaviour.

In the s Britain was widely regarded as having one of the most conservative sexual cultures in the world, with one of the most draconian penal codes.Wolfenden’s influential report put forward the argument that 'homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private be no longer a criminal offence'.

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Despite the recommendations of the report, it was not until July that homosexuality finally became legal in England and Wales. A report sponsored by the government has suggested homosexual behaviour between consenting adults should no longer be a criminal offence. The proposal is the principal and most controversial recommendation put forward by the member committee chaired by Sir John Wolfenden, Vice-Chancellor of Reading University, investigating the current.

WOLFENDEN REPORT 4 Center: In Whose Interest! while co-direc- tor of the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group in Carl was one.

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Before and after the Wolfenden Report

The Committee's analysis of homosexuality, homosexual behaviour, and homosexual offences hasledtorecompmendationsthatareunacceptableto many but, on prostitution, the Committee's views andrecommendationswillreceivewideendorsement.

The fiftieth anniversary in of the publication of the Wolfenden Report on prostitution and homosexual offences provides a useful vantage point to measure the dramatic change in attitudes towards homosexuality in the past half century.

John Frederick Wolfenden, Baron Wolfenden, CBE (26 JuneSwindon, Wiltshire – 18 JanuaryGuildford, Surrey) was a British educationalist probably best remembered for chairing the Wolfenden Committee whose report, recommending the decriminalisation of homosexuality, was published in

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