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Fran Wilde

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Frances Helen Wilde


Fran Wilde
Fran Wilde was a Cabinet minister in the Labour government of the 1980s, and is perhaps best known for her private members bill for homosexual law reform. She left Parliament to become the first female Mayor of Wellington.

Events In History

9 July 1986

Wellington Central MP Fran Wilde’s private member’s bill, which removed criminal sanctions against consensual male homosexual practices, was passed by 49 votes to 44.


Homosexual law reform

The homosexual law reform campaign moved beyond the gay community to wider issues of human rights and discrimination. Extreme viewpoints ensured a lengthy and passionate debate before the Homosexual Law Reform Act was passed in July 1986. Read the full article

Page 4 - Reforming the law

To bring about change in the law, the gay movement needed a parliamentary champion. It found one in Labour MP Fran

Many public figures were drawn into groups supporting or opposing law reform. Here reform supporters Sonja Davies (left) and Lloyd Geering (right) talk with the bill's sponsor, MP Fran Wilde, and Bill Logan of the Gay Task Force.