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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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The Attorney-GeneralRichard Websterwhile supporting the amendment, objected to the leniency of the sentence, and wanted to increase the penalty to two years’ hard labour.

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. It also strengthened existing legislation against prostitution and recriminalised male homosexuality.

This clause, poet Symonds noticed, served essentially as a conspiracy charge, allowing for a broader pool of convictions. It was under his amendment that ten years later Wilde was to be convicted. Also, the Codes Napoleon were adopted by Italy in Masculinity and Male Homosexuality in Britian, Latest comments Forum posts: Retrieved 19 September Until sodomy was punishable by death; in that year the penalty was reduced to penal servitude of between ten years and life; but less homosexual practices were not then illegal.


Labouchere proposed his amendment at the last minute. The importance of protecting and bolstering masculinity as central to gender and class structures meant that it was not in the interests of the British state to enquire to deeply or to prosecute this crime efficiently.

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Prior to this it was amensment role of the church to regulate homosexuality and it was called sodomy. Even the legislation controlling males soliciting males in only classified the guilty as vagabonds and rogues, along with pimps, dossers, beggars and female prostitutes. London and New York, Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your access to the most informative and considered journalism in the UK.

This law laabouchere to many convictions against male homosexuals and alleged homosexuals.

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Law of England and Wales portal Criminal justice portal. Nor did it replace or supersede the Buggery laws as the basis of legislation.

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Italy and the Netherlands actually abolished punishment for consenting adults in private in the late s, while it took the advent of Hitler to make Germany follow the new British model.

These dossiers contain materials on this issue relating to the late s and were closed in using the one hundred year closure rule, the most stringent tool secrecy available to government. Hyde, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, p. The penalty of life imprisonment for sodomy until it had been death was also so harsh that successful prosecutions were rare.


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Labouchere Amendment

New Haven and London, 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 morals. It also formalized the maximum and minimum sentences for indecent assault by introducing a prison term of between two and ten years as the standard sentence. A fourth piece of legislation, the Official Secrets Acts in indirectly dealt with homosexuality.

Click here to see more Tap here to see more Tap here to see more. The general public, or at least significant lbouchere of urban dwellers demonstrated, throughout the second half of the nineteenth century, a well-developed and tacit understanding of the guises and location of this sexuality.

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The Offences Against the Person Act offinally removed the capital charge amendmwnt sodomy. Buggery Gross indecency between men Indecent assault. Homosexuality in Great Britain Section Two: The subscription details associated with this account need to be updated.

This legislation dealt indirectly with homosexuality in Great Britain.