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Monday, 24 July 2017 23:13

New Zealand apologizes to the LGBT community for all past anti-LGBT laws

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New Zealand has apologized to the LGBT community for all the anti-LGBT laws that have been passed in the past.

New Zealand MPs unanimously voted for a motion of apology for all the country's anti-LGBT laws. This apology is addressed to the entire LGBTQ community in New Zealand and especially to those who have suffered because of these anti-LGBT laws.

The motion was introduced by Justice Minister Amy Adamson.

"Almost 4 years ago this Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 to allow same-sex couples to legally marry, and I was proud to vote in favor of it," she said.

"Today is another historic day for the New Zealand gay community and their families as Parliament formally apologizes for the hurt caused by the convictions and takes the first reading of a bill to expunge those convictions. It is never too late to apologize.

"While we cannot ever erase the injustice, this apology is a symbolic but an important act that we hope will help address the harm and right this historic role.

"This bill seeks to address the ongoing stigma, prejudice, and other negative effects arising from a conviction for a historical homosexual offense by creating a statutory scheme for a convicted person, or a representative on their behalf if that person is deceased, to apply for the conviction to be expunged.

"This is the first expungement scheme ever to be created in New Zealand, reflecting the uniqueness of the situation.

"I cannot think of any other situation where a Government in this country would seek to rewrite criminal histories based on changes in societal views."

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