Petition against homosexual law reform
Politician Peter Tait and businessman Keith Hay, from the Coalition of Concerned Citizens, carry a petition against homosexual law reform into Parliament, New Zealand 24 September 1985, Photograph by The Evening Post, courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand (Dominion Post Collection, EP/1985/4285/25)
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens was a New Zealand group that opposed homosexual law reform in the 1980s. It argued that legalising homosexuality would lead to a decline in moral standards and encourage the spread of Aids.
One of the coalition's main strategies was to organise a petition containing a million signatures. The coalition claimed that the petition was the biggest in New Zealand's history, but many of the signatures were later discredited.
Whatever its true size, the petition failed to prevent the Homosexual Law Reform Bill becoming law in 1986.
Read more about the Homosexual Law Reform Bill