LABOUCHERE’S AMENDMENT TO THE CRIMINAL. LAW AMENDMENT BILL. THE 1 lth clause of the Criminal Law Amendments Act (48 & 49 Vic. cap. The Labouchere Amendment to the Criminal Law Amendment Act in the United Kingdom was named after the Member of Parliament who introduced it to . In the Victorian era, common wisdom held that women were passive, sexually innocent beings who did not initiate sexual contact, while men possessed a lustful.
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Tag: Labouchere Amendment
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Added to the Act at the last minute, it was rushed labiuchere and passed on August 7, becoming Section II of the Act. Nonetheless, the retention of the capital charge meant that juries were still reluctant to convict for unnatural offenses, as men continued to be hanged until for sodomy and the charged remained a capital indictment amendmnt This chapter, instead, analyses the conflict, chaos and ambivalence that existed amongst ministers and administrators at the Home Office in the late nineteenth century, in respect to control and punishment of sex between men.
Labouchere proposed his amendment at the last minute.
Even the legislation controlling males soliciting males in only classified the guilty as vagabonds and rogues, along with pimps, dossers, beggars and female prostitutes. It was used to keep government information closed mainly foreign and military secrets, but also any information chosen by the government.
Homosexuality in Great Britain Section Two: Legislation
Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Sodom on the Thames: Internet History Sourcebooks Project. Subscribe now and get unlimited digital access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month. There was no discussion, except that one member asked the Speaker whether it was in order to introduce at that stage a clause dealing with a totally different class of offence to that against which the Laboucnere was directed.
Everyone knew that such things took place, but the law only punished acts against public decency or conducted tending to the corruption of youth. Cook, London and the Culture of Homosexuality,p.
In it was re-enacted in the Offenses Against the Person Act, a piece of legislation which covered murder, abortion, rape, and sex with girls under twelve.
This included information about trials of homosexual related offenses. Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission of, or procures, or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with an other male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof, shall be liable at the discretion of the Court to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding two years, with or without hard labour.
The Offences Against the Person Act formally abolished the death penalty for sodomy and introduced instead life sentences of penal servitude.
Labouchere, inspired to action by the modern question over sexual norms, pushed in the four-minute debate for strong action against “deviants”.
Neither did it affect sentencing practice in a noticeable fashion.
Labouchere Amendment – Pride Matters
Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Actcommonly known as the Labouchere Amendmentmade ” gross indecency ” a crime in the United Kingdom. By the same authors Larry Houston. This was initiated by a radical Member of Parliament, Henry Labouchere, Old Etonian, nephew of a lord, who saw his main role in Parliament as being the exposure of fraud and scandal in high places. The law regarding soliciting was changed inmaking it possible to prosecute someone for importuning a homosexual offence.
This lack of clarity is partly of the consequence of the retrospective interpretations of those, like the Liberal MP Henry Labouchere, who took it upon themselves to change the law and thereby reinvigorate public lsbouchere. Petty treason Capital murder Felo de se. Masculinity and Male Homosexuality in Britian, The Yokel’s Preceptora contemporary magazine, said this:.
However, in the eighteen century the judiciay went by laws passed by the Tudor monarchs. After going through all stages in the Lords, the bill went to the Commons, where it was referred to a committee of the whole house after passing its laboucheee reading. Turing was pardoned anendment by Queen Elizabeth II in It is arguable that this legislation, inwas the first English law to distinguish a class of men who sex with other men.
The secrecy surrounding this material is indicative of the imperative to keep the discussion of sexuality between men out of the public domain, utilizing the rarely implemented one hundred year rule. This change expanded the definition of a llabouchere act while at the same time making it easier for the prosecution of homosexuality.
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