Germany Passes Bill to Give Gay Men Justice

Germany Passes Bill to Give Gay Men Justice

 Date obtained: 3/23/2017  Source: Independent  Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/germany-pardon-gay-men-50000-nazi-law-criminalising-homsexuality-west-paragraph-175-adolf-hitler-a7643656.html

Date obtained: 3/23/2017

Source: Independent

Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/germany-pardon-gay-men-50000-nazi-law-criminalising-homsexuality-west-paragraph-175-adolf-hitler-a7643656.html

Germany’s Cabinet approved a bill that would provide justice for all of the gay men that were convicted under Paragraph 175, the post-World War II legislation that outlawed sexual relations between men. Even though homosexuality was technically decriminalized in 1969, after already convicting 50,000 men, the legislation that affected this population was not completely cleared until 1994. The newly approved bill will erase the convictions of the men, in addition to providing individual compensation. Justice Minister Heiko Maas says “the rehabilitation of men who ended up in court purely because of their homosexuality is long overdue.”

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