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Australia’s Northern Territory has formally apologised to gay men for a law which “criminalised love and attraction.” Those convicted under the legislation banning gay sex, which was struck down in 1983, will now be able to apply for it to be expunged from their criminal records. With Tasmania having made the same step in April, this means every Australian territory has officially apologised for outlawing gay sex. In an emotional speech, the Northern Territory’s leader, Chief Minister Michael Gunner, told the state’s 250,000 residents that its government had been guilty of “state-sanctioned discrimination.”

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