Public Referendum Needed On Marriage Amendment Bill
Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
Public Referendum Needed On Marriage Amendment
New Zealand First will not vote for the Marriage
(Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill and wants a public
referendum to decide the issue.
Rt Hon Winston Peters says
the New Zealand First caucus believes that issues such as
this should be decided by trusting the people of New Zealand
to decide rather than to leave it to temporarily empowered
“It should be a binding referendum after
opportunity is given for a reasoned debate.
use of public referenda on such issues has always been New
Zealand First’s position,” says Mr
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