Saturday, July 08, 2006

20-year anniversary of homosexual law reform


Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary since consenting male homosexual sex was legalised. Back in 1984 there were huge campaigns both before and against this bill, which was drafted by two gay Auckland lawyers. These scenes have not been repeated since, even including the civil union bill.

I support homosexual law reform. Ironically the leading opponent, The Salvation Army, now does not think male consensual sex should be criminalised. However, in the MMP era, you would not have a select committee chaired by a bill's sponsor, as this one was.

1 comment:

Payne said...

Interesting post. I think Steve Chadwick stood down as chair of the health SC when the smoke free bill was being considered so your right.

It's weird to think that it was just 20 years ago that the govt tried to keep their nose in the bedroom of adult kiwis. I've done a post on this at freedomnz.blogspot.com