Kiwis say sorry

New Zealand’s MPs unanimously apologized today for the “tremendous hurt and suffering” of hundreds of New Zealand men who were convicted of homosexuality during the years it was treated as a crime.

The NZ Parliament issued a formal apology to all those unfairly convicted under the old laws, and approved the first stage of a bill that will allow the men to have their criminal records wiped clean.

“Today we are putting on the record that this House deeply regrets the hurt and stigma suffered by the many hundreds of New Zealand men who were turned into criminals by a law that was profoundly wrong, and for that we are sorry,” said Justice Minister Amy Adams.