New Zealand introduces Bill to clear historic homosexual convictions

The Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill was introduced in the Parliament. If passed, this law will permit men convicted of consensual homosexual conduct, or the families of such men who have since died, to seek the deletion of their conviction from official records. Further decision will be taken on a case-by-case basis by the Secretary for Justice to determine whether the specific conviction would still be considered illegal today. The Bill was first presented to the Parliament after a petition by Wiremu Demchick acquired 2100 signatures.