In August 1954 the Government set up the Wolfenden Committee, named after its chairman, John Wolfenden. Its report was published 5 September 1957 and recommended that homosexual acts between two consenting adults should no longer be a criminal offence. Edward Glover and Denis Carroll presented to the committee on behalf of the Portman Clinic. Although taking a Freudian perspective, Glover argued that tolerance and not treatment were the main solution to homosexuality and that homosexuality per se should not be treated as a crime.

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