Anti-gay marriage petition launched
Sun, 29 Jul 2012 8:05p.m.
A New Zealand anti-gay marriage petition and website has been launched as debate over the issue heats up.
Protectmarriage.org.nz asks visitors to the site to sign a petition if they "support the definition of marriage being maintained as one man one woman" and oppose any attempt to redefine this. This evening just four people had signed it.
The website appears to have been created jointly by Family First, the National Marriage Coalition, Family Life and Focus on the Family.
The site offers resources and information about marriage including The Argument for Preserving Marriage in a Nutshell and 21 Reasons Why Marriage Matters.
This comes after Labour MP Louisa Wall's marriage equality bill was pulled from Parliament's ballot, with its first reading expected within weeks.
It's not yet clear whether the bill will have the numbers to pass its first reading, with many MPs saying they're yet to make up their minds on how they'll cast their conscience vote.
The Catholic Diocese of Auckland is opposed to the bill, and wants MPs to "keep marriage as defined as between a man and a woman", as civil unions are available to gay couples.
Conservative Party leader Colin Craig failed to make it into parliament at last year's election, but he's not shying away from the debate, on Thursday tweeting: "It's just not intelligent to pretend that homosexual relationships are normal".
The bill is likely to also enable gay couples to adopt, which Mr Craig also opposes.
On the other side of the debate is Wellington church St Andrews on The Terrace.
Reverend Margaret Mayman says the church is delighted the bill has been drawn, and hopes it will become law.
She says it is likely St Andrews will make a submission supporting the bill, if it is sent to a select committee, as it did on civil unions.
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3/10/2012 12:18:10 p.m.
Craig Young wrote:
No, Frank, they are not gender specific, they tend to target children of either gender. And pediatricians and developmental psychologists tend to disagree with you- pedophiles are so called because they target *children.* They have far more in common with each other than they'll ever have with lesbians and gay men, who are as sickened and disgusted at pedophiles and perpetrators of incest as our fellow straight New Zealanders. If anything, I think criminal penalties for any form of child sexual abuse should be far, far longer.And CNA, please stop plagiarising Jerry Falwell. We know that fundies are habituated to US Christian Right propaganda, but that was a cliche even back in the eighties. Why not Adele and Eve, or Adam and Evan instead?
1/10/2012 10:20:53 p.m.
Why does it feel like most media we are surrounded by are biased to the gay community and almost vomit at the churches view? Radio presenters and everything are just telling the churches to get over themselves.
Guess sin really does take favor over God's view on things as important as 'marriage'. After all it was Adam and Eve before Adam and Steve or Eve and Eve.
Even animals are brainer than humans right now. How embarrasing
12/09/2012 5:59:32 p.m.
I would like correct a word in my last post,when i said my boys ,i was talking about soldiers in my charge, not my children who were never abused by anyone. That seemed to have been misunderstood .
I agree Graham Capill is a poor excuse for a human being.But i cannot agree with you on the paedophiles one.In the church the ones who get through the net that is supposed to keep them out of leadership roles ,these people are gender specific,they abuse boys, sometimes they keep on abusing the same boys into early adulthood.There is no doubt in my mind that these people are full blown homosexuals .You people can be in denial as much as you like these are the facts.
After saying that of course not all gay are not like that.
12/09/2012 10:18:21 a.m.
And much the same would happen if a straight man sexually assaulted my daughter. Moreover, it is not gay men who sexually assault children, it is pedophiles, and they attack both sexes- because it is the youth, not specific gender, which attracts such ghastly creatures. Remember Graham Capill and the three little girls he raped, all the while lambasting mainstream lesbians and gay men?
9/09/2012 6:26:49 p.m.
RESPECT...DIGNITY...and JUSTICE,are the building blocks of a civil society, however it is a two way street.I would never ask the man next to me if he was gay why would i none of my business.But it would become my business if a gay man sexually assaulted one of my boys this happened quite often.The accused would be discharged, anyway the parents of the victim would demand it.
9/09/2012 2:04:19 p.m.
However, one of the principal speakers for marriage equality in the United Kingdom is an openly gay Iraqi War veteran and his civil union partner. If you serve your country, why shouldn't you expect respect, justice and equal dignity at home?
7/09/2012 3:55:13 p.m.
Just for stephen
I hung out with men for 14 years as a professional soldier in the british army.I am not
gay, none of my men were either.I hope that answers your question that you dont have to be gay because somebody tells you to be.
5/09/2012 5:13:10 p.m.
chris tims wrote:
Marriage is by definition between man and woman for the procreation of children.The strength of any society is the strength of the family. We must not destroy what is good.
29/08/2012 12:46:32 p.m.
Ian Maskery wrote:
Is it something in the water that we are even contemplating homosexual mariage. Does anyone believe it would stop there. Would homosexuals then require a third person to provide the children? Will the children be affected. Will morality be affected? Is common sense now juracic.
26/08/2012 6:14:10 p.m.
Jesus never had time to marry as he spent most of his time hanging with men.Was the dude gay or what?
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