Gay men in New Zealand who were convicted of homosexuality when it was still considered a crime, will soon be able to have their records cleared. 
Apologising to those who had been convicted, Justice minister Amy Adams said people convicted of indecency, sodomy or providing a place for homosexual acts would have their criminal records wiped. 
But she said they would not receive any compensation.
“Although we can never fully undo the impact on the lives of those affected, this new scheme will provide a pathway for their convictions to be expunged,” Ms Adams said. “It means people will be treated as if they had never been convicted, and removes the ongoing stigma and prejudice that can arise from convictions for homosexual offences.”
She estimated about 1,000 gay men would be eligible to have their convictions quashed.
Homosexuality was decriminalised in New Zealand in 1986 and same-sex marriage legalised in 2013. Sex between women was never …
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