Homosexuality: 'Society was in denial' April 12, 2017

from World at One· ·

It's been 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 was passed in England and Wales. The act was to amend the law and decriminalise homosexual acts in private between two men. In a time where public opinion of homosexuality was viewed negatively and MP's "were afraid of voting it in parliament for fear it would lose their seats,” David Owen supported the bill in a speech addressing the House of Commons on December 19th 1966. The former Labour MP tells our reporter Becky Milligan that as a society "we were in denial" regarding homosexuality and since amending the law …



It's been 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 was passed in England and Wales. The act was to amend the law and decriminalise homosexual acts in private between two men. In a time where public opinion of homosexuality was viewed negatively and MP's "were afraid of voting it in parliament for fear it would lose their seats,” David Owen supported the bill in a speech addressing the House of Commons on December 19th 1966. The former Labour MP tells our reporter Becky Milligan that as a society "we were in denial" regarding homosexuality and since amending the law society has "moved light years since the sixties". (Image: Lord Owen, credit: BBC)