1957 The Wolfenden Committee publishes a report recommending that ‘homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence’. Supporters of this recommendation included the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Geoffrey Fisher, and the British Medical Association.
Sir John Wolfenden (left)
Despite this, the recommendations are partially rejected by the government. The Wolfenden report is still cited by current MP’s as an example of how showing support for ‘unfashionable and unpopular causes’ or reports could cause you to be regarded with ‘great suspicion’ as happened at the time of the reports publication.
Changes were later introduced and, looking back, Parliamentarians agreed “when we look at the changes that were introduced post-Wolfenden, we will see that Parliament did the right thing“