The Church of England, Homosexual Law Reform, and the Shaping of the Permissive Society, 1957–1979

@article{Ramsay2018TheCO,
  title={The Church of England, Homosexual Law Reform, and the Shaping of the Permissive Society, 1957–1979},
  author={L. Ramsay},
  journal={Journal of British Studies},
  year={2018},
  volume={57},
  pages={108 - 137}
}
  • L. Ramsay
  • Published 2018
  • Sociology
  • Journal of British Studies
Abstract This article re-examines existing narratives of British permissiveness and secularization through a discussion of the Church of England's role in shaping the 1967 Sexual Offences Act and ongoing debates on homosexuality in the 1970s. It suggests—contrary to existing narratives of religious decline and marginalization—that the views of church commentators, and the opinions of the Established Church more generally, remained of real cultural and political influence in the years leading up… Expand
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