New Zealand Government rules out blanket wiping of historical convictions for gay sex


Andrew Potts | Gay Star News | January 25, 2016

Despite its reputation of being one of the most LGBTI friendly countries on the planet, New Zealand is still holding out on removing past convictions for sex between men from people’s permanent records.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Justice says that bad record keeping is the obstacle because prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1986 the law did not treat consensual and non-consensual sex acts between males differently or distinguish between sex between adults and sex crimes against children.

Electronic records only go back to 1980 and according to that data nearly 80 percent of those convictions involved sex with a male who was under 16 – something which is still a criminal offense in New Zealand.

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