Comments: weekend roundup

Interesting piece in today's "Observer", published on the 40th anniversary of the passage of the parliamentary bill which decriminalized many homosexual acts. On Lord Arran's earlier, 1965, bill, Geraldine Bedell, author of the article, writes:

"Arran, supported by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, won his third reading by 96 votes to 31.

"In the Sixties, the Lords led the way, quite unlike the situation in 2000, when the age of consent was finally equalised after the government invoked the rarely used Parliament Act to overrule a House of Lords that had thrown it out three times. Like the churches, the Lords has become more conservative about homosexuality over the years. The Catholic Archbishops of Westminster and Birmingham argued for exemptions in the 2007 Equality Act which would have allowed homosexuals to be turned away from soup kitchens and hospices."

Earlier in the piece, writing of a 1958 letter to "The Times", signed by 30 of the "great and good", among them "several bishops", she notes parenthetically "from our perspective of the early 21st century, when the churches seem so afraid of homosexuality, it's interesting that in this period they consistently and visibly backed reform.",,2109769,00.html

Posted by Lapinbizarre at Sunday, 24 June 2007 at 7:03pm BST
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