The Policing and Crime Bill has now received Royal Assent, meaning thousands of gay and bisexual men may be pardoned for previous convictions of (now abolished) indecency offences.
This cause has been championed by the family of Alan Turing, the exceptional wartime code-breaker, who was himself pardoned in 2013.
It is great to see the UK righting this historical wrong, and continuing to lead in LGBT equality - particularly in terms of the law.
Hopefully the uncertainty of whether relatives are required to make applications for the pardon will be cleared up; in circumstances where some victims were disowned by their family, such a requirement appears to be an unnecessary barrier to justice.
Gay rights charity Stonewall said: "Another important milestone of equality has been secured in law."The more equality is enshrined into our law books, the stronger our equality becomes, and the stronger we as a community become." Liberal Democrat peer Lord Sharkey, whose amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill was instrumental in securing the change, said it was a "wonderful thing" that Mr Turing's pardon could be extended to other men "unjustly convicted".