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German proposal would annul convictions under anti-sodomy law, grant compensation to convicts

March 23, 2017

German’s governing cabinet has given its approval to a proposal that would annul men who had been convicted under a law barring homosexual acts, and grant them financial compensation.

Until 1969, homosexual acts were subject to criminal penalties. Thousands of men were convicted under an anti-sodomy law that dated back to the 19th century. The government’s proposal would erase those convictions.

Men who were convicted under the old law would receive €3,000 ($3,236) for each conviction. They could also receive an additional €2,000 ($2,157) for every year they spent in jail.

 
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