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 increase of these monsters in the shape of men, commonly designated margeries, poofs etc.
Nay, it is not long since, in the neighborhood of Charing Cross, they posted bills in the windows of several public houses, cautioning the public to “Beware of Sods! These dossiers, containing invaluable insights into late Victorian official attitudes towards the matter of sex between men, only became available in for view in The Yokel’s Preceptora contemporary magazine, said this:.
The Speaker having ruled that anything could be introduced by leave of the House, the clause was agreed to without any further discussion, the only amendment moved being one by Sir Henry James with the object of increasing the maximum punishment from twelve amndment twenty-four months, which was also agreed to without discussion.
Such conduct in public was, and always had been, punishable at common law. Undoubtedly, the inclusion of Clause 11 did have some cultural effects.
Brady, Masculinity and Male Homosexuality in Britainp. Masculinity and Male Homosexuality in Britian, Sodom on the Thames: For instance, France had decriminalized sex between consulting adult males with the implementation of the Codes Napoleon Instead, legislation criminalized, through the Buggery laws and Clause 11 in combination, a cascade of sexual acts perpetrated by any man, ranging from anal penetration of other males and bestiality and the anal penetration of women to mutual masturbation between males.
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Also in this section Also in this section. Retrieved from ” http: Start your free trial. The law was repealed in zmendment by the Sexual Offences Act when homosexual acts in private by men over 21 were decriminalized in England and Waleswith remaining provisions being deleted later.
The pre-existing legislation was based on the statue against sodomy with mankind or beast and labouxhere been modified in the course of the nineteenth century. The Act defined buggery as an unnatural sexual act against the will of God and man. The other purpose was met by the ineffably awful clause XI, the Labouchere amendment, which made illegal all types of sexual activity between males not just sodomy, as hithertoand irrespective of either age or consent.
Manchester and New York, Britain ended up with a proscription going far beyond anything else in any other country at the time. The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde.
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The Act remained in force until its repeal in Instead of prison, he opted for hormone “therapy” for one year, which has been likened to laboucherf castration. 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.
Internet History Sourcebooks Project. It was this Act which included the infamous Lebouchere Amendment. This was by an amendment moved by the backbencher Henry Labouchere, MP. The death penalty was replaced with imprisonment for between ten years and life, whilst attempted sodomy or any decent assault upon any male person carried a sentence of between three and ten years imprisonment or up to two years with hard labour.
The Trials of Oscar Wilde. This was initiated by a radical Member of Parliament, Henry Labouchete, Old Etonian, nephew of a lord, who saw his main role in Parliament as being the exposure of laabouchere and scandal in high places.
The Offences against the Person Act specifically lowered the capital punishment for sodomy to life imprisonment which continued until labouchete This is how it was applied in the trial of Oscar Wilde, at any rate. Felony Misdemeanour Arrestable offence. Porter, Roy and Lesley Hall. As a result of the vagueness of the term “gross indecency”, this law allowed juries, judges, and lawyers to prosecute virtually any male homosexual behaviour where it could not be proven that the defendant had specifically engaged in homosexual anal intercourse, also known as sodomy or “buggery”.
Speaker Arthur Peel responded that under procedural rules any amendment was permitted as long as Parliament permitted it.