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Turing Family: UK Pardons Wanted for Men Convicted Under Anti-Gay Laws

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 07:29 PM

The family of the late Alan Turing, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game,” is demanding the pardon of 49,000 men prosecuted for homosexuality in the United Kingdom.

A petition on Change.org calling for the British government to pardon all men convicted under anti-gay laws has received more than half a million signatures as of Tuesday afternoon.

Members of Turing’s family presented the petition to British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday. About 15,000 men affected are still alive.

The effort drew attention with screenwriter Graham Moore’s Oscars speech in which he talked about his suicide attempt and encouraged people who feel like they don’t fit in to “stay weird.”

Turing, who worked as a Nazi codebreaker during World War II, was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 and chemically castrated. He received a royal pardon posthumously in 2013.

“I consider it to be fair and just that everybody who was convicted under the Gross Indecency law is given a pardon,” Turing’s great-niece Rachel Barnes said, according to The Guardian. “It is illogical that my great uncle has been the only one to be pardoned when so many were convicted of the same crime. I feel sure that Alan Turing would have also wanted justice for everybody.”

A similar petition launched by GLAAD also has received more than half a million supporters.

Twitter users commented about the petition.







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