US band hit out at NZ anti-gay website
Thu, 02 Aug 2012 11:51a.m.
By 3 News online staff
American pop band Train have released a statement after discovering their hit ‘Marry Me’ was being used on an anti-gay marriage website in New Zealand.
“It was upsetting to us that ‘Marry Me’, a love song with no boundaries, was being used to promote an agenda we don't subscribe to,” the band says in an official statement.
“We (Train) take the idea of marriage very seriously, and believe it is the right of all consenting adults, regardless of sexual orientation. ‘Marry Me’ is about just that, finding that special love and making it last forever. Everyone should be allowed to have that.”
Family First and other groups against Labour MP Louisa Wall's marriage equality bill say their Protect Marriage website was set up to "support the definition of marriage being maintained as one man one woman".
The website was crashed by hackers and Family First’s Bob McCroskie says he was spammed by abusive email after it launched on Monday.
The Train song has now been removed from the website.
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5/08/2012 9:21:22 a.m.
Gay married is soooo wrong..what's next? If you love your first cousin you can marry him or her? Justsaying....Its a free world,ppl can choose who they become. Have an awesome Sunday..
4/08/2012 3:40:39 p.m.
Gay marriage is not something that should be banned. Its like not allowing a black man to eat chicken or a catholic person to have sex. Tjis issue is wrong and banning gay marriage is cruel. I am not saying this because I am gay. I think it is a right everyone should have the choice to get married to the same sex. I can just see the same issue around lesbians happening. NZ Is supposed to be a free country but clearly we are anything but that!
3/08/2012 4:09:29 p.m.
Craig Young wrote:
If anyone from Train is reading this, I feel compelled to head out and purchase one of your DVDs. Thank you for telling Pope Bob and his Family Farce minions off.
3/08/2012 3:54:22 p.m.
Amazing how sexiest and racist Mike actually is.
Marriage doesnt belong to christians... they have the right to say no to marrying homosexuals in their church's... but other than that God gave everyone else the freedom of choice... god also did say christians had the right to force their narrow minded petty redneck beliefs on everyone else... infact he gave christians a fairly dire warning "judge not least ye be judged".
Pagans had their own marriage ceremonies long before christianity came along.
3/08/2012 5:44:49 a.m.
2/08/2012 7:34:07 p.m.
Wills thay will not be able to sue you can not sue any one in nzgay marriage is wong.
2/08/2012 5:05:44 p.m.
There are also liberal Christians and other people of faith who support marriage equality, however.
2/08/2012 4:50:05 p.m.
Thou shalt not violate copyright or intellectual property rights for that is the law of the land, David, as well as the case within international copyright and intellectual property treaties. Family First appears to be ignorant of that and deserved to come a cropper when it ripped Train off.
2/08/2012 3:58:24 p.m.
Oh there are certainly gay people who oppose gay marriage, but if you were to question them a bit further, you would see that its generally for very different reasons than your own.
For starters, every gay person I know who opposes 'gay marriage' actually just doesn't like the concept of marriage in general. Mainly for reasons like what marriage was originally based on (ownership of women/wealth/to produce a heir and no love whatsoever) not to mention, the kinds things that have been legalised and supported as staples of marriage throughout history that are pretty damn awful (once upon a time, it was perfectly acceptable for a man to rape a woman then claim her as his wife since well, no one else would have her then!)
Marriage has changed over time as society grows and develops and will continue to do so. You can't use the argument of 'traditional marriage' because there never has been one. Marriage was a different concept 100 years ago and a different one again 1000 years ago.
If love is now, based on whether you love your partner, not whether you can produce a heir or will gain wealth from the union. Then on a purely logical and non-religious standpoint, consenting adults, regardless of gender, should have the same right as everyone else.
Also, calling people out on their bigotry or perception of such is not suppression of free speech, they are merely employing free speech themselves.
*Has marriage definition changed over time? Yes, many times.
*Is there a separation of church and state? Yes.
*Are churches/religious organisations forced to conduct ceremonies for things they are against? Not that I'm aware of
*Does another persons marriage affect yours if you do not know them nor have ever met them? If it does, its an issue with you, not them.
2/08/2012 3:47:32 p.m.
Glad Train found out and did not give permission for such an organisation to use.
Question though. Why is it referred to as gay marriage? Surely the proposed bill is more about everyone equally being allowed to enter in to marriage? A bill that will not allow one sector of society to be discriminated against by not allowing them to marry the person they love.
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