Sexual Offences Act 1967

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The opening page of the Act
The Sexual Offences Act 1967 is an Act of Parliament, it decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of 21. The Act applied only to England and Wales, but not the Merchant Navy or the Armed Forces.

Homosexuality was not decriminalised in Scotland until the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980 and in Northern Ireland by the Homosexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 1982.