Germany Wipes Slate Clean for 50,000 Men Convicted Under Anti-Gay Law

Germany Wipes Slate Clean for 50,000 Men Convicted Under Anti-Gay Law

In what the justice minister, Heiko Maas, called a “belated act of justice,” the German Parliament has voted unanimously to void the convictions of roughly 50,000 men prosecuted for homosexual acts since World War II. The measure, approved on Thursday, also awards compensation to about 5,000 of the men who are still living. Each will receive 3,000 euros ($3,350), and an additional €1,500 for each year spent in prison for the convictions.

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