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Arthur Paul John James Charles Gore, 7th Earl of Arran (July 31, 1903–December 28, 1958), was an Anglo-Irish peer, author and translator. He was the son of Lt-Col Arthur Gore, 6th Earl of Arran.
He succeeded to the title Earl of Arran upon the death of his father on 19 December 1958. He was the author of William, or More Loved than Loving, first published in 1933 by Collins, republished 1956 by Chapman & Hall, in an edition with illustrations by Osbert Lancaster and an introduction by Evelyn Waugh. He committed suicide on 28 December 1958, just nine days after the death of his father. Aged 55, Arran was unmarried, and reportedly killed himself because he was gay.
His brother, Arthur Gore, 8th Earl of Arran, was the sponsor in the House of Lords of Labour MP Leo Abse's 1967 private member's bill which, as the Sexual Offences Act 1967, decriminalised homosexual acts between two consenting adult men. He was of the opinion that ‘no amount of legislation will prevent homosexuals from being the subject of dislike and derision, or at best of pity’. He also sponsored a bill for the protection of badgers, and was once asked why this effort had failed whereas decriminalising homosexuality had succeeded. Arran is reported to have replied: "There are not many badgers in the House of Lords."
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