Marriage Bill gets Select Committee tick
MP for Manurewa
27 February 2013
Marriage Bill gets Select
Legislation that would allow all
New Zealanders to marry has been given the tick from the
Government and Administration Select Committee and scheduled
for its Second Reading on 13 March 2013.
another important milestone towards achieving a fairer more
equal New Zealand,” Labour MP and sponsor of the Bill,
Louisa Wall said.
The Committee received 21,533
submissions and specifically mentioned the passionate
contribution of youth to the debate.
“Chair Ruth Dyson
ran a robust and thorough process that gave New Zealanders a
free and frank forum for discussion.
“I want to extend a
special thanks to everyone who submitted to the committee.
Suggested amendments have been reported back to Parliament
and have helped make the intent of the Bill crystal
“Marriage equality is about fairness and choice.
This process has showed that that message has really
resonated with New Zealanders and has been echoed overseas
with the recent passage of similar legislation in the
“We have seen a high level of engagement in the
debate and I am looking forward to taking the Bill through
to its second phase,” Louisa Wall said.
By the numbers
Marriage (Definition of Marriage)
Amendment Bill as reported by the Government Administration
similar content (eg: generic submissions)
Supported the Bill
8,148 Opposed the
220 Submissions were heard
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