Foreign News: Question of Consent

At the poor man's pub and the rich man's dinner table, the most hotly debated subject in Britain for weeks past has been homosexuality. The question: Should homosexual acts between consenting adults be taken off the list of statutory crimes in Britain? Last September a special governmental committee headed by Sir John Wolfenden declared that they should. So did many medical men and most of the intelligentsia. Last week, before galleries crowded with spectators (most of them women), Britain's House of Lords gravely debated the Wolfenden recommendations. "Many hesitate," said Labor's Roman Catholic Lord Pakenham, "lest an act of legal toleration...

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