Marriage Equality : First Reading

Te Wharepora Hou

Dr Leonie Pihama

Today marks the first reading of the Marriage Equality Bill sponsored by Louisa Wall.  The Bill was drawn from the Ballot on July 26th and since that time there has been increasing debate and discussion around the fundamental question of what constitutes marriage.  As a Māori lesbian woman with six (well grounded and secure!) children the question is very simple and has been articulated with both strength and dignity by Louisa and those who are a part of the conversation promoting the Bill. It is about peoples fundamental right to marry, to commit to a lifelong relationship and to have their relationship acknowledged in all levels of society.  All people have that right. It is not only a right for straight people no matter what fundamentalist and other social conservatives seem to want us to believe.

The ‘marriage is between a man and a woman’ platform…

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