Stuart McMillan MSP is pleased that the Scottish Parliament has passed the Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill. The aim of this Bill is to provide a form of redress against the discriminatory effect of convicting men for same-sex sexual offences in the past, for activity that is now legal.
Commenting, the Greenock and Inverclyde SNP MSP said:
“While Scotland is a different place than it was 30 or 40 years ago in terms of the attitudes held by much of the population towards same-sex sexual activity, the discriminatory effect of these attitudes, which were propped up by laws, still lingers on.
“This legislation marks an important milestone in Scotland’s progress towards LGBTI equality – but we’ve still got work to do.
“I dedicated my vote in the Chamber to a friend of mine who is sadly now passed. He was proud of his sexuality, and would have warmly welcomed today’s vote passing this Bill. He would be in the gallery smiling, quietly reflecting on his journey, but he’d also be sure to phone me immediately after to tell me what’s next to be done.
“Today is significant and those who got us here are more than worthy of praise, but let’s make sure it’s not the final destination. There is still plenty that can and must be done to make Scotland the inclusive, welcoming nation we all want and know it can be.”