|"About goddamn time assholes..."|
-Wilde, in one of his trademark witticisms
|I'm not sure a culture that made corpse|
desecration into a party game is really
in a position to judge others.
Not to go off on too much of a tangent here, but this was a civilization who ruled a decent percentage of the Earth's surface area. They waged entire wars just to keep people addicted to opium and once gave India to a private corporation and said go nuts. But gay sex was, for reasons that boggle the mind, just too much for the British Empire to handle.
|A map of the vast Empire the British once ruled through|
perseverance, stiff-upper lip'edness and certainly no gay stuff.
|So while Edward II is off the hook,|
Richard III is not. Murdering rivals
for the throne is still totally a crime.
|Um, so is it weird that I see the phrase|
'historic sexual offenses' and immediately
think of Benjamin Franklin? It is, right?
"It is hugely important that we pardon people convicted of historical sexual offenses who would be innocent of any crime today. Through pardons...we will meet our manifesto commitment to put right these wrongs."
-Sam Gyimah, Minister of Justice
So yes. Turing's Law is great and it's awesome that they're finally moving on this. While symbolic, the pardons are long-overdue and are a statement of the Britain's commitment to acknowledging these wrongs. That said, it's not really putting them right either. These convictions destroyed lives and the gross indecency is that it took this goddamn long to officially clear them. So unless Minister Gyimah's got a time machine or something (sorry, I guess he'd call it a TARDIS), symbolism can only go so far.
|And so Sam Gyimah finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right|
what once went wrong, and hoping that the next leap will be the leap home.