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Submission to the Criminal Records (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill

Posted August 24, 2017

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The Salvation Army supports this Bill. The Salvation Army believes that this Bill is an important reflection of the need for care, justice and mercy in society and we thank the Committee for this opportunity to support on this Bill.

The Salvation Army appreciates that for the men and families of men who have historical homosexual convictions, such convictions have been both discriminatory and distressing.

Such convictions also do not reflect New Zealand law today, and have not since the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in 1986.

The enactment of this Bill will ensure that this discrimination is not continued and that people can fully experience the freedoms given to them under current law.