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No time for gay rights

Supporters of the gay liberation movement protest against the government's failure to allow time for a private member's bill on homosexual law reform, New Zealand
Supporters of the gay liberation movement protest against the government's failure to allow time for a private member's bill on homosexual law reform, New Zealand 1974, Photographer unknown, courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand (Dominion Post Collection, EP-Ethics-Demonstrations-Homosexual Law Reform-01)

In June 1974, New Zealand Member of Parliament Venn Young tried to introduce a private member's bill legalising homosexuality for people aged 21 years and over. But the government wouldn't allow time for it, prompting gay liberation supporters to picket Parliament in protest.

Young successfully introduced the bill a month later, but it was defeated on its second reading, 34–29, with 24 abstentions.

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