Convictions for Sodomy to be quashed under new Bill

via Stuff: Boxes said to hold 800,000 signatures on the petition against gay law reform arrive at Parliament

All the conscience vote issues appear to be coming up in parliament at once.

A bill to expunge the historical convictions of gay men charged with homosexual activity has been introduced to Parliament.

The Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill was announced in February by Justice Minister Amy Adams.

It will set up a system where men charged with consensual homosexual conduct (or their families) under old laws can apply to have those convictions wiped from the record.

There won’t be too many people this applies to, but I can imagine it is no fun to have to declare a conviction applying for visas or jobs.   

“The tremendous hurt and stigma suffered by those who were affected can never be fully undone, but I hope that this Bill will go some way toward addressing that,” Adams said.

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“This Bill introduces the first ever expungement scheme in New Zealand.”

“The scheme requires case-by-case assessments of the relevant facts to determine whether the conduct a person was charged with is still unlawful today. The decision will be made by the Secretary for Justice, without the need for a court hearing or for applicants to appear in person.”

Homosexual sex was legalised in 1986 after a firestorm of protests and counter-protests, but the convictions under the old law still stand.

The move to expunge the convictions came after a petition was presented to MPs last year.

“This conviction still leads, after 53 years, to self-hatred, worthlessness, unjustified guilt and shame,” one man wrote in a submission to Parliament.

Legal or not, picking up your next blowjob at the park toilets isn’t going to increase your self-worth just because the conviction is expunged.

But hey, in the scheme of things, let’s just do it.   Having a criminal conviction for consensual sex between legal adults is in and of itself an anathema in today’s world.   Western civilisation must try to rise above that.

 

– Stuff


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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