Alan Turing was a British scientist who committed suicide in 1954 after being convicted of homosexual acts. In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins lists this in his chapter on bad things that results from religion. As usual, he doesn’t offer any reasons for doing so. Since we have several Dawkins fans on this board, perhaps one of them can explain the thinking.
In the 1950’s the Church of England had actively taking a role in fighting for legalization of homosexuality in Britain and opposing the laws that criminalized it. In fact it wasn’t just the Church of England. Every major church with a significant presence in Britian had endorsed the viewpoint that homosexuality should be legal. (John A. T. Robinson’s book Christian Freedom in a Permissive Society discusses the position that the various churches took on the issue.) Unfortunately for British homosexuals at the time, the secular government did not follow the recommendations of the churches, and homosxuality remained against the law until 1967. Hence it seems to me rather odd to blame Christians for a law that they were fighting against, particularly since it was a secular institution that refused to change the law.