Boofy’s Bill

Alex Harvey on the legalisation of homosexuality

If homosexuals are what they are because of birth or through early environment, and are not in themselves deliberately vicious men, they should not be punished. To punish in such circumstances is to persecute, to persecute a minority, to persecute as others have persecuted Jews and Negroes.

Lord Arran, House of Lords, 12 May 1965

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