California governor posthumously pardons civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, convicted under anti-gay law

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Wednesday announced the posthumous pardon of civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, a co-organizer of the March on Washington, who was convicted in the 1950s under a state “lewd vagrancy” law frequently used against gay men.

Newsom also announced a broader clemency initiative, saying Californians will now have the option to apply for a pardon for people they believe were targeted under the law for consensual same-sex activity.

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