'Imitation Game' Pardon Petition Heads To David Cameron
A petition to pardon the men convicted under the U.K.'s old anti-gay legislation is being delivered to David Cameron's office.By Ben Lawson | February 16, 2015
A petition to pardon men convicted under old anti-gay legislation in the United Kingdom is heading to Prime Minister David Cameron’s desk.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s Oscar-nominated performance as Alan Turing, a mathematician credited with breaking the Nazi Enigma code and helping end World War II, has brought public attention to the plight of men convicted under the "gross indecency" law.
Turing was arrested not long after the war when police learned he was in a homosexual relationship. He was convicted under the old law and chemically castrated as part of his punishment. He committed suicide two years later.