This is truly a great day for the gay population. Especially in Germany.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is expected to pass the law today, which will set aside 30 million euros to compensate an estimated 5,000 convicted men who are still alive.
“We can never completely erase the travesty of justice, but we want to rehabilitate the victims,” Justice Minister Heiko Maas told AFP.
Paragraph 175 was part of Germany’s criminal code until 1994 and made sex between men illegal. More than 140,000 men were convicted under this paragraph, and 50,000 were prosecuted.
Fritz Schmehling, 74, was convicted under the law as a teenager in 1957.
“I don’t want to die with a criminal record,” he told AFP at his flat in Berlin.
I think this is a great step for Germany, and a way to move forward. Even though alot of people will never forget the Nazi-Ere law, which effected certain kinds of people. From religion to their sexuality.