The Campaign to Pardon Gays in Aotearoa
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.
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
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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