NZ Government - Support Marriage Equality
  • Petitioned Shearer, David

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Shearer, David
Turia, Hon Tariana
Sharples, Hon Dr Pita
Peters, Rt Hon Winston
Harawira, Hone
Dunne, Hon Peter
Banks, Hon John
Norman, Dr Russel
English, Hon Bill
Wall, Louisa
Turei Metiria
Key, Rt Honl,John
John Key

NZ Government - Support Marriage Equality

    1. paul evans-mcleod
    2. Petition by

      paul evans-mcleod

      Hamilton, New Zealand

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This Bill amends the Marriage Act 1955 (the principal Act) to ensure
that its provisions are not applied in a discriminatory manner.
The principal Act does not define marriage and makes no reference
to a marriage being between a man and a woman. Essentially the
principal Act sets out the technical requirements for the civil regulation
of marriage. However, couples, other than a man and a woman,
have not been permitted to obtain marriage licences under the principal
Act.
This Bill will make it clear that a marriage is a union of 2 people
regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. It will
ensure that all people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or
gender identity will have the opportunity to marry if they so choose.
Marriage, as a social institution, is a fundamental human right and
limiting that human right to 1 group in society only does not allow
for equality. This Bill will ensure that there is equality for people
wishing to marry regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender
identity and will be in accordance with the New Zealand Bill of
Rights Act 1990 and the Human Rights Act 1993.

THIS MAY BE DEBATED POTENTIIALLY AS EARLY AS NEXT MONTH

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To ensure that all MPS feel the power and depth of the gay vote i suggest others set up petitions just for the electorate they live in and encourage people within the specified electorate to sign

feel free to copy as much out of mine as you like

you/us/we may never get the chance again sign it forward it spread the word my/our aim is to get 2 million signatures

remember one click sends it to every party leader in parliament inclusive of the following

Key, Rt Honl,John

Shearer, David

Turia, Hon Tariana

Turei Metiria

Sharples, Hon Dr Pita

Peters, Rt Hon Winston

Norman, Dr Russel

Dunne, Hon Peter

Harawira, Hone

English, Hon Bill

Banks, Hon John

Wall, Louisa

DO IT NOW!!!!!!!!

 a sons letter to his dad kinda sums it all up

 Dad,

I saw your recent post on Facebook “liking” Mitt Romney' and had to write. (Admittedly, I’m still getting used to my 66 year-old father using Facebook, but given what I’m about to write, I assure you I’m quite supportive of it.)

Though your public support for Romney doesn’t surprise me, given how open you’ve been about your dislike of President Obama, it does bother me. Since coming out to you and mom nineteen years ago, I’ve watched you vote for the Republican candidates in every major race. Save for the occasional mealtime argument or sarcastic Fox News barb, I’ve held my tongue, despite the hurt and anger that came from watching you vote for a party that has made a sport out of demonizing gay and lesbian people, like me, for political gain. I did so because I never had a solid enough argument that the Democratic Party was wholly different. They often stopped short of institutionalizing discrimination of gays, but were sadly lax on standing on principle and advocating for its eradication. Until now.

For the first time in our nation’s history, a U.S. President and his party have publicly stated that gays and lesbians are equal citizens and should be such under the law. I know you’re aware that Obama believes gays and lesbians, like me, should have the rights and responsibilities of marriage and that the 2012 Democratic Party Platform will include marriage equality as one of its tenets. You will never know what it is to be gay in this world at this moment, but I’d bet at some point in your life you’ve known how it felt to have your essential worth validated by someone with authority. I can’t overstate the power of having my president and his party say to me, and the nation, that I am not less than, but equal to, and validate my inherent right to pursue my life with liberty and unimpeded happiness. Never before has this happened. So, never before have I made the argument that you should vote for the Democrat. But, today’s a new day.

Four months ago, I sat at my younger brother’s wedding and watched you well up, speaking publicly with pride for the man he’s become and the woman he chose. His life, though certain to have unexpected turns ahead, has a clear path, one available to him simply because of his sexual orientation at birth. Mine has never been so clear. Oftentimes, being gay feels like being a salmon swimming upstream. Our relationships aren’t supported by tradition or institution, any models we may have remain hidden, as openness invites derision, and the pressures to carve a life out with another person, minimally as equally affected by the ever-present fear, instilled in us from our earliest memories that we’re different and unlovable and bad, can often be too much to bear. And yet, not always. The resiliency of my community, in the face of such misunderstanding and hate, is astonishing and inspiring. They’ve taught me to think twice before underestimating the will of the human spirit in its slow march toward progress, whatever the circumstances.

I’m almost forty. Both of my younger brothers are married, enjoying all the rights and responsibilities of that government-issued status. Do you want that for me? Do you believe I should have someone beside me on life’s journey, legally recognized as my spouse, able to visit me in the hospital, able to make my end-of-life decisions, with whom I’m able to build a financially interdependent life? I have to believe you do. I have to believe you’re too good a man not to. Because if you don’t… If, like the candidate you’re supporting, you believe marriage should only be between one man and one woman, I feel sorry for us both: you, because it means you’re on the wrong side of history and your own son’s happiness and me, because it means my father does believe I’m “less than.”

In any other election, given any other choice, I’d stay quiet. If you, and others like you, wanted to believe the worst about Obama – a good man, trying to do good work – and vote against your interests (Romney’s tax and Medicare plans won’t help you), I’d shake my head in wonder and watch you do it anyway. But this isn’t any other election. This election presents a clear choice between two people whose policy beliefs directly affect the course of my life. Let me be clear: A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote against me. There is no argument to counter that fact.

You might want to argue that you’re not a single-issue voter, but when the single-issue is your own son’s equality under the law, I wouldn’t recommend that argument. You might want to argue that, because you live in New York State, your vote won’t ultimately matter since Obama will carry the state anyway. You’re correct. He will. In that way, I suppose, your vote won’t matter. But it matters to me. You might want to argue just because you don’t like the idea of your son telling you what you ought to do. But, whatever else, you know I’m a good man. It’s been said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing;” and I’m a good man who’s never been good at that.

Will I change your mind? I hope so. I’m sure Mom would tell me it’s a lost cause. And maybe she’s right. But that would be sad. Because it might be nice to one day have my father stand up at my wedding, realizing he helped make it happen.

Your Son

Recent signatures

    News

    1. WHAT HAPPENS NOW

      paul evans-mcleod
      Petition Organizer

      The legislation is likely to return to Parliament at the end of the month and could be passed as early as next month.

      If it passed into law, there is a four-month stand-down period before same-sex and transgender marriages could take place.

      The bill passed its first reading by 80 votes to 40.

    2. how they voted those who went against

      paul evans-mcleod
      Petition Organizer

      AGAINST: 44

      National: Shane Ardern, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, David Bennett, Chester Borrows, Simon Bridges, Gerry Brownlee (changed vote), Jonathan Coleman (changed vote), Bill English, Chris Finlayson, Nathan Guy, John Hayes, Phil Heatley, Colin King, Melissa Lee, Sam Lotu-Iiga, Tim Macindoe, Todd McClay, Murray McCully (changed vote), Ian McKelvie (changed vote), Mark Mitchell, Alfred Ngaro, Simon O'Connor, Eric Roy, Tony Ryall, Mike Sabin, Katrina Shanks, Nick Smith, Lindsay Tisch, Anne Tolley, Louise Upston, Michael Woodhouse, Jian Yang, Jonathan Young.

      Labour: Damien O'Connor, Ross Robertson, Su'a William Sio

      NZ First: Asenati Lole-Taylor, Tracey Martin, Winston Peters, Richard Prosser, Barbara Stewart, Andrew Williams, Denis O'Rourke.

      Independent: Brendan Horan

    3. how they vote for

      paul evans-mcleod
      Petition Organizer

      Greens: Steffan Browning, David Clendon, Catherine Delahunty, Julie-Anne Genter, Kennedy Graham, Kevin Hague, Gareth Hughes, Jan Logie, Mojo Mathers, Russel Norman, Denise Roche, Metiria Turei, Eugenie Sage, Holly Walker.
      Maori Party: Pita Sharples, Te Ururoa Flavell, Tariana Turia
      United Future: Peter Dunne
      ACT: John Banks
      Mana: Hone Harawira

    4. how they voted for

      paul evans-mcleod
      Petition Organizer

      Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill
      How they voted: 2nd reading
      FOR: 77
      National: Amy Adams, Chris Auchinvole, Maggie Barry, Paula Bennett, Jackie Blue, Cam Calder, David Carter, Judith Collins, Jacqui Dean, Craig Foss, Aaron Gilmore (new MP), Paul Goldsmith, Jo Goodhew, Tim Groser, Tau Henare, Paul Hutchison, Nikki Kaye, Steven Joyce, John Key, Hekia Parata, Jami-Lee Ross, Scott Simpson, Chris Tremain, Nicky Wagner, Kate Wilkinson, Maurice Williamson.
      Labour: Jacinda Ardern, Carol Beaumont (new MP), David Clark, Clayton Cosgrove, David Cunliffe, Clare Curran, Lianne Dalziel, Ruth Dyson, Kris Faafoi, Darien Fenton, Phil Goff, Chris Hipkins, Parekura Horomia, Raymond Huo (did not vote first reading), Shane Jones, Annette King, Iain Lees-Galloway, Andrew Little, Moana Mackey, Nanaia Mahuta, Trevor Mallard, Sue Moroney, David Parker, Rajen Prasad, Grant Robertson, David Shearer, Maryan Street, Rino Tirikatene, Phil Twyford, Louisa Wall, Megan Woods.

    5. Marriage Equality Bill passes second test

      paul evans-mcleod
      Petition Organizer

      Marriage Equality Bill passes second test
      Same-sex marriage in New Zealand came another step closer this evening after Parliament backed a bill to legalise it at the second reading.
      MPs voted to support it by 77 votes to 44.
      The bill's sponsor, Labour MP Louisa Wall, told Parliament and a near-full public gallery that the discussion of her bill had highlighted the discrimination felt by gay communities in New Zealand.
      "The agony and hardship that so many who bravely made submissions have had to face is unreasonable. But what's totally unacceptable, is the state perpetuating that agony and hardship by not issuing marriage licences to loving, consenting and eligible non-heterosexual couples."
      She stressed the importance of freedom of religion in making the law change, but also made a plea to churches to consider the rights of the gay and transgender community "with love, compassion and reason".

    6. WE HAVE PASSED THE HURDLE

      paul evans-mcleod
      Petition Organizer

      we have passed the first hurdle
      A Parliamentary Select Committee has recommended that a bill to legalise same-sex marriage be passed into law.
      The Government Administration Committee said the private member's bill should progress, but with an amendment to make it clear that no minister was obliged to marry someone against their own beliefs.
      The committee report said: "The bill seeks to extend the legal right to marry to same-sex couples; it does not seek to interfere with people's religious freedoms."
      The Marriage Act would be amended to put beyond doubt that no celebrant recognised by a religious body or nominated by an approved organisation would have to marry a couple if it meant contravening their own, or the organisation's beliefs.
      The bill's sponsor, Labour MP Louisa Wall, said the law change was an important milestone towards achieving a fairer, more equal New Zealand.
      "Marriage equality is about fairness and choice. This process has showed that that message has really

    7. a running blog

      paul evans-mcleod
      Petition Organizer

      ww.listener.co.nz/commentary/the-internaut/nzs-marriage-equality-bill-a-longblog/
      A running blog on the bill that would legalise same-sex marriage in New Zealand. Links to source material, commentary and analysis.

    8. Reached 8,000 signatures
    9. housands-sign-petition-opposing-gay-marriage-bill

      paul evans-mcleod
      Petition Organizer
      Thousands sign petition opposing gay marriage bill

      Published: 6:41AM Tuesday January 22, 2013 Source: ONE News A petition opposing the legalisation of same sex marriage has drawn more than 70,000 signatures, says lobby group Family First. The petition will be handed to the select committee for the marriage amendment bill today, in a bid to stop the bill from going ahead.

    10. Reached 6,000 signatures
    11. More MPs opposing gay marriage

      paul evans-mcleod
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10830173

      A bill to legalise gay marriage is expected to clear its historic first hurdle this evening, but the battle lines have been clearly drawn as lobby groups and a growing number of MPs declare their opposition.

      Sixty-four MPs have said they will back the amendment to marriage legislation ahead of the first reading. It needs 61 votes to progress to a select committee.

      Labour MP Louisa Wall, the bill's sponsor, made a final plea to opposing and fence-sitting MPs yesterday, saying the present law discriminated against same-sex and transgender couples.

      "[A marriage licence] is the only licence you can't get if you're homosexual in New Zealand. I feel it's wrong and we need to make sure that we live in a just and equal society."

      She had the backing of all but three of her caucus. Ross Robertson, Su'a William Sio and Damien O'Connor will vote "no" this evening.

    12. Churches unite against same-sex marriage bill

      paul evans-mcleod
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10830291
      3:45 PM Wednesday Aug 29, 2012
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      Expand The bill is expected to pass its first reading comfortably this evening. Photo / GettyMinisters from Catholic and Protestant churches have joined forces to urge Parliament to vote against a bill on same-sex marriage this evening.

      A joint statement was signed by 70 ministers including national heads of church denominations.

      Reverend Richard Waugh, from East City Wesleyan church, said the group wanted MPs to be in no doubt about what mainstream Christian churches felt about the bill.

      "The State should not presume to re-engineer a basic human institution. The complementary role of male and female is basic to the very character of marriage, along with having and raising children.

      "Same-sex relationships are intrinsically different, so can never be regarded as true marriage."

      He said the Prime Minister and other MPs had assured the public in 2004 that marriage would

    13. 1000 march for same-sex marriage

      paul evans-mcleod
      Petition Organizer

      LATEST: About 1000 same-sex marriage supporters have marched to Parliament in support of the marriage equality bill, but opponents have also made their voice heard.

      The colourful crowd carrying rainbow flags and placards reading "all love is equal" - gathered in Wellington's Civic Square at midday before marching down Willis St and Lambton Quay, stopping traffic.

      The rally, organised by the Campaign for Marriage Equality, arrived at Parliament about 1pm.

      MPs Louisa Wall addressed the crowd on the steps of Parliament, saying she was "surprised" with the turnout.

      "I'm so inspired by the people who have come out in support of marriage equality," she said.

      "I'm really excited about the opportunity I've got tonight to discuss marriage equality - I'm confident it will go to Select Committee."

      MPs Tau Henare and Kevin Hague had also spoken in support of the bill.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7571036/1000-march-for-same-sex-marriage

    14. Reached 4,000 signatures
    15. 50,000 sign against gay marriage

      paul evans-mcleod
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?_id=1&objectid=10830022
      Opponents of Labour MP Louisa Wall's Marriage Amendment Bill say it could open the way for polygamy, incestuous relationships and breaches of the Human Rights Act.

      Anti-gay marriage lobbyists and religious groups are making a last minute appeal to Government to not change the definition of marriage.

      The first reading of Labour MP Louisa Wall's Marriage Amendment Act bill that would allow same-sex people to marry will be heard in Parliament tomorrow.

      Lobby group Family First has presented a petition signed by 50,000 people to MPs from Labour, National and NZ First, calling on them to reject the bill.

      The petition said: "I support the definition of marriage in New Zealand being maintained as one man one woman. I oppose any attempt to redefine it."

      The protesters, led by conservative lobby group Family First, wanted marriage to remain between a man and a woman.

    16. Slim majority backs gay marriage bill

      paul evans-mcleod
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10829716
      Slim majority backs gay marriage bill
      By Isaac Davison 5:30 AM Monday Aug 27, 2012

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      Expand A straw poll found that a slender majority of 61 MPs wanted Labour MP Louisa Wall's bill to progress at least to the select committee stage. Photo / ThinkstockA bill to legalise same-sex marriage will pass its first hurdle when it comes before Parliament this week, a Herald poll of MPs shows.

      A straw poll found that a slender majority of 61 MPs wanted Labour MP Louisa Wall's bill to progress at least to the select committee stage.

      Several more MPs had not committed themselves to a decision yesterday but said they were likely to back the bill at the first reading on Wednesday.

      It will be decided by conscience vote instead of along party lines and needs 61 votes to pass.

      Ms Wall said she had been confident the bill would reach the select committee stage because a relatively small number of MPs had publi

    17. Reached 3,000 signatures

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    • faustina faaolo AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm against same sex marriage. Marriage should be between man and woman. A man and a women are one togather. I'm a catholic and i believe that marriage is sacared. I will not vote for any leader in the parliament that are for same sex marriage.

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    • Cee Payne DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 1 year ago

      Our laws should not discriminate.

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    • Theodore Ta AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 1 year ago

      Love is love. It

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    • Jasper Sole AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 1 year ago

      Equality.

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    • Omega Winans MINDEN, LA
      • over 1 year ago

      It's their life and choice and right to marry who they want

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