Grant a pardon to Alan Turing
  • Petitioned Kenneth Clarke

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Secretary of State of Justice
Kenneth Clarke
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party
David Cameron MP

Grant a pardon to Alan Turing

    1. Stuart Ross
    2. Petition by

      Stuart Ross

      Reading, United Kingdom

We ask the HM Government to grant a pardon to Alan Turing for the conviction of 'gross indecency'. In 1952, he was convicted of 'gross indecency' with another man and was forced to undergo so-called 'organo-therapy' - chemical castration. Two years later, he killed himself with cyanide, aged just 41. Alan Turing was driven to a terrible despair and early death by the nation he'd done so much to save. This remains a shame on the UK government and UK history. A pardon can go to some way to healing this damage. It may act as an apology to many of the other gay men, not as well known as Alan Turing, who were subjected to these laws.

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      Stuart Ross
      Petition Organizer

      Alan Turing suffered horrendously at the hands of the British state because he was homosexual including being chemically castratHe was also a hero of the nation in terms of computer development, code breaking in World War II etc etc. This situation profoundly requires the symbolism of a pardon from the UK government - please help add the pressure by seeking a strong message worldwide to seek this pardon.

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    • Paul Palmer PANAMA CITY, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      The world can not afford to throw away the creative gifts of someone, simply because they are gay. We will never know what additional insights Alan could have provided or solutions to vexing problems that may have come from this blessed man.

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    • Leo Leibovici WOODLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      What was done to him was barbaric. No one deserved such treatment, let alone someone who the world owes such a debt to.

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    • John Kerr GUELPH, ONTARIO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Alan saved so many lives, it is the least I can do.

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    • Peter Thorsett CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      As one of the fathers of modern-era computing, society at large owes Mr. Turing the honor and respect of having the grave injustices perpetuated against him to be reversed; even if it is post-humously.

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    • Phillip Irwin RALEIGH, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Hmmm, yes, well... It is a rather obvious case of too little, too late, now innit? What we need here is a new definition of "civilized". That's something that the Soviets or the PRC would think up. - or those Bible-thumping cretins in the US.... For pity's sake, pardon the man.

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