Article Title:18th anniversary of HLR celebrated
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:10th July 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2423
Text:Yesterday was the 18th anniversary of homosexual law reform, and some of the key players in that reform gathered last night at Premier House in Wellington for a celebration. The event was hosted by MP Marian Hobbs, and organised by GAP (Gay Association of Professionals) and Rainbow Labour. Judie Alison, co-chair of Rainbow Labour in Wellington says we have come a long way since 1986, but there is still a way to go yet. Co-chair Nic Smith feels younger generations owe it to their elders who fought for their freedoms. "Many of us involved in organising this event were not born or were small children at the time of the passing of homosexual law reform," he says. "While we were not there to engage in the struggle, we benefit from the hard work that many people put into ensuring that the Bill passed into law 18 years ago. Now many of us are returning the favour by getting involved to ensure the passing of the Civil Union and Relationship (Statutory References) Bill."    
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