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Pardon petition to be at Big Gay Out

Sat 24 Jan 2015 In: New Zealand Daily News

The organiser of a petition calling for New Zealand men to be pardoned of historical gay sex convictions will be at Auckland's Big Gay Out collecting signatures. New Zealand has never mass-wiped pre law reform gay sex convictions, though there is some capacity for people to have their conviction “omitted” through the courts. However Justice Minister Amy Adams has stated she is open to resuming discussions about gay sex convictions being completely expunged. This sparked Wellington man Wiremu Demchick to create a petition pushing for a complete pardon. “I'll be at the Auckland Big Gay Out this year, with a stall dedicated to the petition,” Demchick says. “Folks can come and sign, as well as take copies of the petition away for others to sign.” The Big Gay Out is at Pt Chevalier's Coyle Park on Sunday 8 February. Read: Guide to the LYC Big Gay Out 2015 Demchick is also looking for men who still have such convictions who wish to speak out as part of the campaign. How can you help? It’s easy. Download and print the petition. Get everyone you know to sign it. Then post it back to Wiremu Demchick. And if you can volunteer to collect signatures, let him know. All details on the campaign website here    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 24th January 2015 - 10:13am

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