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Wolfenden Report

(ˈwʊlfəndən)
n
(Law) a study produced in 1957 by the Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution in Britain, which recommended that homosexual relations between consenting adults be legalized
[C20: named after Baron John Frederick Wolfenden (1906–85), who chaired the Committee]
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The Wolfenden Report had its first devastating effect in Canada in the period 1968-1969, when then-Justice Minister John Turner used it to justify Pierre Trudeau's anti-life legislation.
It was as though he had assumed the title of one of his more successful tales, "The Man Who Didn't Count." Perhaps the time has come to take a closer look at Glaskin, especially as we commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the 1957 Wolfenden Report, the British government inquiry that profoundly shaped public debate on sexuality in the UK and elsewhere.
In which year did the Wolfenden Report recommend the legalization of homosexual relations between consenting adults?
The Wolfenden Report led to the removal of women from the streets into a myriad of small rooms in the area bounded by Oxford Circus, Charing Cross and Leicester Square.
Prior to the Wolfenden report in 1957, a known offender would have been someone convicted of homosexual behaviour with a consenting adult.
The Justices would have reached the same decision in Lawrence if the Wolfenden Report in the United Kingdom had come to a different conclusion.
In the face of these public views, Parliament formed the Wolfenden Committee in 1954 to consider "the law and practice relating to homosexual offences and the treatment of persons convicted of such offences by the courts...." (33) After three years of research, the Wolfenden Report was published in 1957.
The enlightened point of view in contemporary society--as exemplified by the Wolfenden Report in England, and by the recommendations by the American Law Institute in this country--is that homosexual behavior between consenting adults in private is neither the law's business nor that of medical professions--except as the homosexually-oriented person elects it to be....
Wolfenden cared little about his own peccadilloes being brought to light, but, in an ironic twist of fate, his father, Jack Wolfenden, was at that time crafting the Wolfenden Report, which was to affect the civil liberties of all British homosexuals.
I appreciated Evans' use of the 1957 British Wolfenden Report as "the watershed discourse" in the evolution of contemporary sexualities.
The Wolfenden Report recommended homosexuality between consenting adults should no longer be a criminal offence.
In which year did the Wolfenden Report recommend the legalisation of homosexual relations between consenting adults?