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Germany's Past Gay Convictions

16 May 2016

Over in Europe, Germany is preparing to overturn the convictions of gay men who were convicted of having homosexual sex before 1994 when same-sex intimacy was decriminalised across the country..

The German justice minister says the historical convictions are "wrong... they are deeply hurtful to human dignity.”

“Homosexual men who were convicted should no longer have to live with the stain of a criminal record," he added.

Homosexuality was partially decriminalised in East Germany in 1968 and in West Germany in 1969, but there was a further 3,500 convictions before the law was finally repealed in 1994.

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