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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.