Before homosexual law reform came in during the ’80s (and boy, was that a debacle), police actually prosecuted gay men for doing things that heterosexual men could do legally. ¬†And some of them still carry such convictions on their police records.
People convicted of historical homosexual acts could have their criminal records wiped, with new Justice Minister Amy Adams saying she is open to resuming talks on the subject.
Until the Homosexual Law Reform Act was passed in 1986 – with the help of then-Wellington MP Fran Wilde – sex between men was a crime.
But although those who were convicted before 1986 do not need to declare their convictions because of the Clean Slate Act, activists say the stigma still hangs over them.
Earlier this year, former justice minister Judith Collins received advice from the Ministry of Justice about options for pardoning or expunging those convictions
But the ministry refused to provide the information to The Dominion Post, saying it needed to protect the confidentiality of advice given by officials.
It also said it did not hold information on the total number of convictions under the act, nor did it have any idea how many people might be eligible to be pardoned or have their convictions expunged.
The ministry said it could provide figures for people convicted on homosexuality-related offences between July 1, 1980, and August 8, 1986.
During that period, there were 879 convictions, including sodomy with another man aged over 16, committing an indecent act with another man, and “keeping place of resort for homosexual acts”.
Guess what? ¬†The Green Party was working with the National party to clear this up. ¬† Uhuh, ¬†odd eh? ¬†Wonder if Russel “knew”? ¬† Read more »