Apology for historical homosexual convictions

Justice Minister Amy Adams gave a formal apology in Parliament today for historical convictions of consensual homosexual acts.

Historic moment for NZ gay community

A Bill introducing a scheme to wipe convictions for historical homosexual offences passed its first reading in Parliament today with unanimous support, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

The passing of the first reading of the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill followed a formal apology by Parliament to the men who were convicted for homosexual offences.

“Today we put it on the record that Parliament deeply regrets the hurt and stigma suffered by the hundreds of men who were affected and that we recognise the continued effects the convictions have had on their lives,” says Ms Adams.

“The Bill is the next step in righting this wrong. It will allow men convicted of specific homosexual offences decriminalised by the Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986 to apply to the Secretary for Justice to have their convictions wiped.”

The scheme will be open to applications from people with historical offences relating to sexual conduct between consenting men, or by a family member of partner if the person is deceased. The process will be free and applicants need not appear in person.

“There may be instances where the conduct a person was convicted of is still unlawful today, which is why the scheme requires a case-by-case approach,” says Ms Adams.

“If a person’s conviction is expunged, the conviction will not appear on a criminal history check for any purpose and they will be entitled to declare they had no such conviction when required to under New Zealand law.”

The Bill will now be considered by the Justice and Electoral Select Committee.

The Bill: Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill

An overdue apology for what today seems like appalling laws that were applied during many of our lifetimes.

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  July 6, 2017

    Hindsight is 20/20. Retrospective apologises usually go hand in hand with compensation.
    Guess what…?

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    • Gezza

       /  July 6, 2017

      What? I’ll watch 1ewes on plus one & see if that enlightens me.

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      • Corky

         /  July 6, 2017

        1ewes obliquely suggested compensation may be a consideration. I didn’t see it all as a dude was getting his head kicked in outside my place- apparently for stealing. It took three cops to pull the fulla off and pepper spray him. Lol, the victim got up and started staggered off, until a cop called after him and said: ”Where the fu*k are you going.” That’s my type of cop. I doubt he was gay.

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  2. lurcher1948

     /  July 6, 2017

    My mum and dad died within 2 years in my early 20s NO ONE HELD MY HANDS AND I HAD TO BURY THEM…

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  July 6, 2017

      That’s terrible, but I can’t see what it has to do with this.

      I have had some dreadful things happen to me, but they have nothing to do with this, either.

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      • Brown

         /  July 7, 2017

        Wife broke a finger nail the other day. Her nails are beautiful and she is entitled to be compensated. I’m looking forward to compensation when the speed limit goes to 110 and all those tickets issued previously on any stretch that was 100 are cancelled. This is nuts.

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        • Gezza

           /  July 7, 2017

          Shit! Your poor Mrs. How’s she coping? If she’s lost her job over the broken nail I reckon she might have a case against her employer. But I reckon you might be right here.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  July 7, 2017

          It’s not nuts.

          These men were criminalised for doing something with other consenting adults. The convictions will not be erased in cases of sexual assault.

          This is much more serious than a traffic fine.

          Long nails-ugh-and very unfashionable.

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