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WORLD FIRST: Victoria To Apologise To Its Gay Community

The State Of Victoria will make a formal apology to it's gay community today.

Premier Daniel Andrews will stand up in Parliament and apologise for old laws that criminalised homosexual behaviour, in what will be a world first.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1981 but the pain of old laws has lingered for a lot of people.

Before the law was abolished, men would face up to 15 years in prison for having consensual sex with another man. In September, Andrews made the first step to introduce legal reforms to help those affected by the laws.

The scheme applies to past sexual and public morality offences such as buggery, gross indecency with a male and offensive behaviour that once criminalised consensual homosexuality.

With an apology on the way it is hoped that it will help people convicted to come forward and have their conviction deleted from their criminal record.

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