Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Compassion Marks Christian Views On Civil Unions

Christians for Civil Unions

Media Release
June 18, 2004

For immediate issue

Compassion and hope mark Christian views on Civil Unions

"When the time comes, I expect my partner to the be the chief mourner at my funeral" was the plea of one of the speakers at the launch of Christians for Civil Unions" on Wednesday night in Wellington, where 80 people turned out to support the government's Civil Union Bill and to celebrate the launch of the Christians for Civil Unions network.

Meeting organiser Rev Dr Margaret Mayman said "A small section of New Zealand Christians has been very vocal in its opposition to civil unions, but tonight it is clear that there is also a lot of considered Christian support."

A panel of church members from the Presbyterian, Anglican, Catholic and Baptist churches discussed their support of the legislation. Roger Swanson underlined one of the key problems that the Bill will resolve, that same-sex couples do not have the same next of kin status as married couples. Currently they are not make decisions about on behalf of one another when one partner is incapacitated due to illness or dies. Rev Dr Alan Jamieson explained that he supported the Bill because of two key elements in the Baptist tradition: the separation between church and state; and the right of all people to decide their own stance on moral issues. "The Bill removes the obvious discrimination in favour of married couples, while protecting the rights of religious groups to maintain their tradition's view on marriage."

Audience members spoke warmly of the Bill, in particular the new opportunity that it offers opposite-sex couples to escape some of the connotations of traditional marriage and to focus on commitment to relationships.

--

Rev. Dr. Margaret Mayman St. Andrew's on The Terrace


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election