Section 4 - National Issues - Gay Rights

Gay Rights

"That VUWSA urges the Government to reform the law relating to homosexual offences so that homosexual acts between consenting adult males in private shall no longer be a criminal offence."

"1.  Rescind 8/69 and replace with:

      That VUWSA believes sexual acts between consenting persons 16 years and over should be free from any legal restrictions.

That VUWSA support Homosexual Law Reform removing section 141 and 142 from the crimes act, 1961.

*NOTE:  Section 141 reads:

Indecency between males:-

Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years who, being male,-

Indecently assaults any other male; or

Does any indecent act with or upon any other male; or

Induces or permits any other male to do any indecent act with or upon him.

No boy under the age of 16 years shall be charged with committing or being a party to an offence against paragraph (b) or paragraph (c) of subsection (I) of this section, unless the other male was under the age of twenty one years.

It is no defence to a charge under this section that the other party consented.

*NOTE:  Section 142 reads:

Every one who commits sodomy is liable-

Where the act of sodomy is committed on a female, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years;

Where the act of sodomy is committed on a male, and at the time of the act that male is under the age of 16 years, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years;

In any other case, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years.

This offence is complete upon penetration.

Where sodomy is committed on any person under the age of 16 years he shall not be charged with being a party to an offence against Section 141 of this Act in any case in which that section is applicable.

It is no defence to a charge under this section that the other party consented.

That VUWSA believes that all forms of non-exploitative sexuality are valid and                  further that society's present emphasis on heterosexuality is oppressive and restrictive.

That VUWSA believes lesbians are oppressed by this society both because they are women and by virtue of their sexuality.  Their experiences are trivialised, their contributions ignored, and they are harassed on campus, in employment, as mothers, on the streets, and in all facts of everyday life.  Moreover, the term 'lesbian' is often used as an insult to discredit feminist activities in the student movement and in society in general, and is also used as a general insult.

That VUWSA urge all students to support gay and lesbian groups in organising events to highlight Gay Pride Week and Lesbian Visibility Week.

That VUWSA recognises the particular problems facing lesbian mothers, especially as regards custody disputes."

"That NZUSA do become a corporate member of the New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Society (Inc.)."

"That VUWSA opposes discrimination on the basis of race, culture, sex or sexuality."

"That VUWSA supports Gay Liberation and affirms all individuals' rights to determine their own sexuality without economic, social, or political constraint."

"That this SRC condemn the attack by the speaker at a Liferight forum, Delwyn Lewin, on the right of lesbian women and gay men to adopt and/or raise children free from discrimination."

"To show VUWSA support for the International Year of the Lesbian and Gay, $100 be donated from the SRC donations budget to the Lesbian/Gay Student Group towards the expenses of holding a workshop at the National Lesbian and Gay Conference to be held in Christchurch over Easter this Year."

"That VUWSA condemns the actions of various groups for their hysterical ill-informed homophobic campaign against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill and for inciting hatred of and violence against gays and lesbians."

"VUWSA affirms all individuals rights to determine their own sexual orientation without moral, economic, social or political constraint."

"That VUWSA urges all constituents to liase closely with local lesbian/gay groups to co-ordinate activities; share resources and information and organise events on campus such as workshops, forums and social events."

"That VUWSA urges all constituents to support local gay and lesbian groups in organising events to highlight Gay Pride Week and other focus weeks regarding sexuality."

“That VUWSA supports lesbian/gay liberation and affirms all individuals rights to determine their own sexuality without economic, social or political constraint.”

"That VUWSA supports the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in its entirety.  In particular VUWSA supports:-

The age of consent for lesbian/gay sexual activity being the same as for heterosexual activity (16 years).

The amendment to the Human Rights Commission Act which makes discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation illegal.

The provisions in the Bill which give boys and girls equal protection from sexual molestation and abuse.

Further that VUWSA believes any gay/lesbian law reform should also:-

outlaw material which incites hatred of people on the grounds of their sexual orientation (equivalent to present legislation regarding the outlawing of material inciting racial hatred).

Clearly enable affirmative action measures for gays and lesbians such as gay/lesbian only clubs and activities; representative positions for lesbians and gays; education material etc."

“THAT the VUWSA Executive actively supports the Legalise Love campaign.”