Media ID 0192-A
Interview with Gavin Young on the persecution of gays in Iran and Carol McPhail on the Freer Bill (ca 1980)
Carol McPhail, Gavin Young
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View Point – Gay Rights, National Programme
Gavin Young – Iranian persecution of gays after Ayatollah Khomeini came to power.. execution of homosexuals .. The International Gay Association has offered a reward of one million dollars for the capture Ayatollah Khomeini due to the persecution of homosexuals..
Young - The “We Are Everywhere” campaign .. wealthy and throughout society
Neil Billington - What will you do with the Ayatollah? We’ll take him to Italy and give him a humane sentence..
Young - We haven’t made death threats to the Ayatollah..
Young - The New Zealand government has not commented on these human rights abuses..
Carol McPhail – Gays would have been worse off under the Freer Bill (1979) .. we wanted equality..
Billington – Do you think you’re asking too much?
McPhail – We’re no worse off .. we’ve conducted a number of opinion polls and that shows that the public is in favour of equality with the age of consent.
Billington – Militant position..
Young – we are not militant..
McPhail – The Young Nationals would expect nothing less than 16.. We’ve signed two international conventions to do with human rights (December 1978).. We will continue to talk to politicians to find someone to introduce a Bill..
Young – Mr Freer withdrew his Bill because support dissipated in the House.. Venn Young’s Bill was lost four years ago ..Robert Muldoon was not prepared to allow any gay rights legislation go before Parliament