New Zealand parliament has unanimously passed a law that allows criminal data on those found guilty of homosexual offences between 1965 and 1986 to be expunged from the public record.
The government is also expected to issue a second formal apology to the 1,000 men who can now apply for their convictions to be wiped.
Family members can apply on behalf a relative if they have passed.
138 men were handed a prison sentence for homosexual offences, while the others were given fines or community-based sentences.
“It is for all of that that we must apologise, as a Government and as a Parliament, to those men who are still alive and to those who have passed on and their families,” he continued.” Finance Minister Grant Robertson, who is openly gay, said in his speech during the legislative process for the bill.
“To those families, it is important that you take the opportunity afforded by this legislation to give dignity in death to your relatives that this Parliament did not allow them in life.
“We also owe all of you an apology. Whether you were convicted or not, this law was wrong and made your lives worse.”