Spain Apologizes To Man Imprisoned For Homosexuality

Jim Burroway

December 6th, 2009

From the BBC:

A man in eastern Spain has become the first to receive an official letter apologising for his imprisonment for being homosexual in the 1970s. Antoni Ruiz spent three months in prison under a law introduced during Gen Francisco Franco’s dictatorship. In addition to the letter, he has received 4,000 euros ($5,900; £3,600) in compensation. Mr Ruiz estimates around 5,000 homosexuals suffered a similar fate to him during Gen Franco’s dictatorship.

Ruiz came out to his parents when he was seventeen, just months after Franco’s death. His parents sought help from a monk, who reported Ruiz to authorities. He now heads a group of former gay prisoners. Spain overturned its law against homosexuality in 1979, and in 2007 instituted the Historical Memory Law which allows compensation for Franco-era injustices.

Stefano A

December 6th, 2009

I wonder why the BBC was so late on this?

It was announced last May that Senior Ruiz, who lives in Valencia, was granted compensation and an apology from the Committee for Compensation to Ex Social Prisoners.

Mark F.

December 6th, 2009

How about compensation to all those men imprisoned for homosexuality in the United States?

Frank

December 8th, 2009

A Catholic monk turned in a gay teenager to a fascist government. People wonder whi I say I hate the Catholic Church with every fiber of my being.

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