Gay marriage debate 'good'
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 8:18a.m.
By 3 News online staff
As New Zealand's marriage equality bill makes its way through Parliament, one of the MPs who helped make The Netherlands the first country in the world to legalise same sex marriage has arrived in the country.
Boris Dittrich now advocates internationally for gay rights on behalf of the organisation Human Rights Watch.
His visit's supported by Labour MP Louisa Wall, and Green Party MP Jan Logie.
“It was really a struggle [to legalise gay marriage], I started the discussions in 1994 and usually people said ‘why would we want to have gay marriage’… over the years of discussions in parliament and outside parliament people got used to the idea and in 2001 the same sex marriage bill was implemented and the funny thing is that a lot of the opponents at the time changed their minds,” he told Firstline this morning.
Mr Dittrich says around 90 percent of the Dutch population now supports gay marriage.
He believes debating the issue is goo.
“Usually in countries where marriage equality has been put on the table and the political agenda you see that there is a lot of fear,” he says.
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23/01/2013 7:33:31 p.m.
Why do we invite outsiders to tell us what we shoulsd think???
22/11/2012 10:56:53 a.m.
Until incest and polygamy are allowed this debate is not about equality, rather redefinition. We should hold a referendum on it..I honestly think it would be defeated.
19/11/2012 10:36:30 p.m.
The Netherlands are more liberal than New Zealand and have been for a long time. Something that may fit their country, or may be good for some states in the US, are not necessarily a good move for New Zealand at this point in time.
19/11/2012 12:14:30 p.m.
"We are all equal but some are more equal than others..." and we all know that straights are more equal than gays.
19/11/2012 11:31:59 a.m.
No its not.....its BAD, and wrong !
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