1965 In the House of Lords, Lord Arran (Arthur Strange Kattendyke David Archibald Gore, 8th Earl of Arran of the Arran Islands) proposed the decriminalisation of male homosexual acts (lesbian acts had never been illegal). A UK opinion poll finds that 93% of respondents see homosexuality as a form of illness requiring medical treatment.
He does not stop here, and in 1967 sponsors Leo Abse’s Private members bill which later becomes the Sexual Offences Act 1967.
Lord Arran also sponsored a bill for the protection of badgers, and was once asked why this effort had failed whereas decriminalising homosexuality had succeeded. Arran is reported to have replied: “There are not many badgers in the House of Lords”. It is possible however that this was a rumour started in the book “A terrible Propensity for Malice” by June Thomas although the book itself was supposed to be a history of the persecution of gay males in the 60’s. The same book also shows that Lord Arran was driven by the memory of his gay elder brother, who had committed suicide days after succeeding to the title.