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1553 Buggery Act Reenacted in 1663 became the model for the law in all English speaking countries.
1885 Criminal Law Amendment Act (Labouchere Amendment) Criminalised homosexual acts between males throughout the UK
1945 Lord Advocate instruction to Procurators Fiscal No action should be taken when homosexual acts between two consenting adults take place in private.
1954-57 Wolfenden Committee Last surviving member died last end of Jan 2006
1967 Sexual Offences Act (Leo Abse) Decriminalised homosexual acts between two consenting adults in private, over the age of 21 in England and Wales.
1969 Stonewall Riots in New York  
1969 Scottish Minorities Group established in Glasgow

Ian Dunn, Ian Christie, John Briggs, John Breslin

Supported by:
Robin Cook, Nicholas Fairbairn, David Steel, Kay Carmichael, Janet Buchan.

1970 Lay Liberation Front established in London  
1970s SMG draft legislation On a number of occasions the draft was submitted to the House of Commons but it never reached the floor of the House.
1980 Criminal Justice Act (?) (George Younger) Amongst other things decriminalised homosexual acts between consenting adults over the age of 21 in Scotland.
Robin Cook, MP, was principal architect with drafting possibly done by Solicitor General, Nicholas Fairbairn.
1988 Clause 28 introduced  
1995 Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act

Consolidates existing legislation making it a criminal offence to have sexual intercourse with a girl below 16 even if she gives her consent. It is a defence if the man is under 24, had not been previously charged with such an offence and had reasonable cause to believe that the girl was aged 16 or over. Act also decriminalises male homosexual sex for young men who are both aged 18 or over, provided the act takes place in private and both parties consent (will be reduced to age 16 on passing of Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill).
See ScotsGay Dec 1994 Carry on Shagging

2000 Repeal of Clause 28 (actually 2a) in Scotland

NAS file GD467/8/7 1987-89 SHRG: campaign against Clause 28, Local Govt. Act 1988.
ScotsGay Clause Out

2000 Sex Offences (Amendment) Act

The Act makes two changes to the law on sexual offences, amending 1956 and 1967 Sexual Offences Acts, the Criminal Law (Consolidation)(Scotland) Act 1995, the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 and the Homosexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 1982. First, it reduces the age at which a person may lawfully consent to buggery and certain homosexual acts from 18 to 16 in England, Scotland and Wales, and from 18 to 17 in Northern Ireland. This will equalise the age of consent for sexual activity for homosexuals and heterosexuals living in England, Wales and Scotland (at age 16) and Northern Ireland (age 17). Second, the Bill introduces a new offence where a person aged 18 or over ‘position of trust’ in relation to a person under 18 has sexual intercourse or engages in any other kind of sexual activity with that person. The key issue here is that certain 16/17 year-olds are deemed vulnerable and afforded state protection for the purposes of sexual activity. 

ScotsGay Age of Consent

    Prepared with much help from Frank Rice and The Knitting Circle