NRT: Long past time

Written By: - Date published: 5:20 pm, October 31st, 2014 - 4 comments
Categories: law - Tags: ,

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The Dominion-Post reports that the government is considering wiping past convictions for homosexuality. Good. As a guest-poster to On The Left has recently explained, living with a criminal conviction isn’t easy; employers and agencies will simply dump applications from people with convictions, without bothering to learn the circumstances. For someone whose offence was never-again-repeated youthful stupidity that’s bad enough; when its for something they should never have been prosecuted for in the first place, its worse.

Homosexuality is not a crime, and it should never have been one. It is time for our government to ecrasez l’infame and stop allowing people to be persecuted based on this long-repealed law.

 


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4 comments on “NRT: Long past time”

  1. One Anonymous Bloke 1

    Before we straight blokes pat ourselves on the back for being so “enlightened” we have to accept the shame that it came to this in the first place.

    Dominant culture is alive and well. Paging Dr. Parker-Hales.

  2. I remember those times. I was a student in Dunedin (minimal fees, great bursary thank-you State) we had invited a couple of gay friends to dinner. They didn’t turn up, then much later they did. Covered in blood. They had been gay-bashed by a car-load of keen young men on the way up to our place. I still attended Church and the next morning the Minister invited the congregation to sign the petition against homosexual law reform after the service. I stood up and and walked out and have never been back (sorry Church). I was so proud of our country when the legislation passed. Lots of the stuff the left has done in NZ has made me proud. Hang in there everyone – we will be back.

  3. karol 3

    When I lived in Clapham in London, I met an old guy who had been in prison for male homosexuality, when it was illegal. I think it must have been quite a debilitating experience. He seemed quite timid and demoralised at that stage of his life.

  4. DS 4

    Shouldn’t that be 28 years overdue?

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