Tasmanians convicted for gay sex will have their criminal records cleared

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The Australian state of more than 500,000 people was the last in the country to decriminalize homosexuality in 1997 and it took 10 more years for the people convicted for love to receive an apology. Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesman Rodney Croome said there is a lot of negative things in this world, so when it is possible to change something for better one should do iyt without a doubt. Croome, who was also at the forefront of the successful push for same-sex marriage to be legalized in Australia as one of the founders of Australian Marriage Equality, said that he sees how Tasmania changes with time and these are good changes. Lee Carnie, of The Human Rights Law Centre, pointed out that people in Western Australia and the Northern Territory still don’t have the right to get their gay sex offences expunged. “That can still be on a criminal record, and that can mean that, for example, if you’re applying for a visa to go to the United States and they ask if you’ve ever been charged with a crime, you have to tell them about the fact that you were charged with a crime – you know, sodomy or carnal knowledge or gross indecency, these charges which are sex offences, which are taken very seriously by overseas authorities,” she said.

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