Poll shows support for same-sex marriage
Wed, 06 Jun 2012 8:20p.m.
The Greens are putting more pressure on the Government to pass a law allowing same-sex couples to marry after a poll showed public support for the move.
A One News poll conducted by Colmar Brunton found that 63 percent of New Zealanders think same-sex couples should be able to marry, while 31 percent were opposed.
Prime Minister John Key has said he would vote for a gay marriage bill if an MP put one up but he won't put the issue on the government's agenda because it isn't a priority.
Labour MP Louisa Wall has drafted a bill to allow same-sex marriages and Greens MP Kevin Hague says he will put his Marriage (Equality) Amendment Bill into the next members' bill ballot where it competes with other bills for selection.
"It is time for New Zealand to amend our laws to reflect the change in society's views on same-sex marriage," Mr Hague said.
All Green MP's will vote in favour of marriage equality.
Civil unions between same-sex couples have been allowed in New Zealand since 2005.
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17/04/2013 7:44:15 p.m.
How many of those people who are married (or divorced) had a crowd at their wedding, shouting profanities about how 'disgusting' or 'wrong' their marriage is?
Just because you're straight, does this make your love or opinion more valuable than that of a person that prefers a same sex partner?
Do you think that just because somebody is gay, lesbian or bi-sexual that they have the right to be bullied?
The answer to all 3 of these questions is NO!
If you want to marry the person you love, then good for you.
Nobody is stopping you from doing that if you're straight, so where do you get the idea that you have the right to stop anyone else getting married, just because its technically not legal YET?
Did you know that, on average, 3 New Zealander's kill themselves EVERY WEEK because of being bullied about their sexuality.
Where do you get off thinking you have the right to make someone feel like they shouldn't be in this world anymore? Or that they are not good enough to be classified as a 'real person' just because you don't like something about them, that has NOT A DAMN THING to do with you?
What is so bad about two people, showing their closest friends and family, that they are in love?
This will not take anything away from your wedding.
The 'sanctity of marriage' was lost long ago when people just gave up on marriage and got divorced, instead of working through it (although there can be genuine reasons to get divorced-however, they are few and far between).
Maybe gay marriage will even make the divorce rate go down....
8/02/2013 2:13:19 p.m.
Reading some of theres comments makes me feel ashamed to be a new zealander. It's human rights, and I understand that to some, marriage is "sacred" due to their religious beliefs, but that does NOT mean you can tell others what marriage means to them. What are you all so afraid off, if you're straight how does equal rights for people to marry who they love effect you? I'm assuming most of you who are close minded are old, and i'm sorry to say that as a member of the new generation, the world is changing. There is nothing you can do to change that, it's only a matter of time.
8/12/2012 6:58:01 p.m.
Bob McCoskrie couldn't have expressed my sentiments better.
It is true that marriage by definition is discriminatory. A homosexual cannot now legally marry. But neither can a whole lot of other people. A five-year old boy cannot marry. Three people cannot get married to each other. A married man can’t marry another person. Two old aunties living together cannot marry. A father cannot marry his adult daughter. A football team cannot enact group marriage – the list is endless. It is disingenuous to complain about rights being taken away, when they never existed in the first place.
29/10/2012 1:11:34 p.m.
Tiana Hunia wrote:
Marriage i a sacred thing that has come to pass gfor centuries now, why lower standards. If Gay people want to be together call it a union not a marriage
29/08/2012 2:34:18 p.m.
the problem is sociaty cant keep it in there pants. people out there just wants to get off with as many people as they can. nature built the sexual urge into us so we produce babies and dont go exstinct. homosexuality is actually a bastardisation of that urge, you cant produce a family out of it, nature says so. but, manipulation of our laws will allow them to get around that -allowing adoptin etc, a child grows up thinking same sex parents is normal. and the child sees things over time that sociaty considers perverted. the child grows up confused about its sexualality because dad and dad say its normal. mothers who give up ther children for adoption will now need to think twice about it after all im sure most women give up a child assuming its going to have a normal upbringing be tween a man and a women. at the cost of the institution of marrage as i /we know it.currently,if you say “im married”. that ALSO sends a signal to sociaty that im not gay. if the law goes through then ill find myself wanting to say “ah ,by the the way, im straight”. when im sighning documents for example, where they will say married or single, ill say married, but ill feel weird because ill be wondering if the person that reads it might be thinking /wondering “is he gay or straight”. hetero sexual people will understand what i mean and why. homo sexual people wont. this law is not so gays can feel equal. this law is being pushed through so gays can adopt in a child. one day you will see a news headline about a child being abused by its two gay parents. human nature dictates that this will happen.govt needs to stop playing at being family archetect when it comes to what the meaning of marraige means.or its interpretation
28/08/2012 11:38:07 p.m.
"keep going this way & all will be lost"
dogs and cats, living in sin!!
idiots who can't recall that similar attitudes were expressed about giving women voting rights, then racial minorities voting rights I rightly dismiss as both ignorant and stupid. strangely, the world didn't implode after women were given the vote. Instead, it got better.
the more rights there are for ALL citizens, the better life becomes. It's simple, so even people like yourself will eventually grasp this I'm sure.
28/08/2012 9:49:42 p.m.
Greg Shuttleworth wrote:
Up you all that are for it. Marriage is marriage & still even Emma said it isn't. If the Gays want something, call it a union, not a Marriage. Wake up & look around, keep going this way & all will be lost. WAKE UP!!
28/08/2012 7:22:00 p.m.
Smith Williams wrote:
Man Plus Women = Baby.
Man plus Man = ?????.
17/07/2012 9:17:09 p.m.
@Carlos. Seriously? You're going to pull that line? Marriage hasn't been between a man and a woman for perhaps all of time. Check your facts. A lot of societies throughout time have celebrated same-sex unions, and a lot of countries around the world do too.It's an old excuse.-In other news, I'd say it's about time. Same sex marriage isn't a thing that needs to be put away for later, it's a thing that is imperative to be passed. Good on you 63% of NZers.
7/06/2012 8:56:14 p.m.
Marriage is between a man and a women.
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