2112 signatures received.
The Campaign to Pardon Gays in Aotearoa
Campaign update
On 6 July 2016, the petition was presented to Parliament by MP Kevin Hague. It was referred to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee, which sought public submissions on the issue.

At this stage, we are awaiting the report of the Select Committee.
Click here to learn more about the public submission process.
Should you wish to contact the Campaign to learn more, click here to view our contact details.
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Prior to 1986, the systematic persecution of gay men using the machinary of the criminal justice system resulted in hundreds of men being convicted for acts that are now legal in New Zealand. Even those who weren't convicted still lived with the fear of being pubically disgraced and punished, just for being true to who they were.

In 2016, it will have been 30 years since the Homosexual Law Reform Act (1986) was voted into law by the New Zealand House of Representatives. A brave and determined campaign ensured that this vital reform ended the institutionalised persecution of gay men. In years since, New Zealand attitudes toward rainbow communities have been utterly transformed towards a more inclusive society.

But our work isn't finished. Men convicted of homosexual acts were never pardoned, and thus still have criminal records.

Let's ask Parliament to pardon these men. A pardon would impact postively on those who were convicted, their whanau and friends, and the wider LGBT community.
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