“Now the Lords lead”

A newspaper editorial on the Sexual Offences Bill

Other things permitting, the present Parliament may be outstandingly distinguished by enlightened social reform. Progress has already been made towards reforming the law on abortion. Both Houses of Parliament have now voted in favour of removing the criminal stigma from homosexuality between consenting male adults. Mr. Roy Jenkins, the new Home Secretary, spoke out strongly in support of the private Bill on homosexuality, and we can expect him to facilitate the progress of other liberal, humane measures. Tomorrow a private Bill comes forward to set up a new committee to review censorship in the theatre. It is most encouraging of all, perhaps, that this, like the steps on homosexuality and abortion, has been initiated in the House of Lords – which for so long was justifiably regarded as the fortress of social reaction.