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


Civil Unions - No threat to marriage or children

NZ Aids Foundation
Family Planning Assoc.
Relationship Services


Civil Unions Bill – ''No threat to marriage or children''

The strength of families will be enhanced and children better protected if the Civil Union and Relationships (Statutory References) Bills are passed by Parliament, say Family Planning, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, Relationship Services and the YWCA.

The four organisations believe that the Bill is important on the basis of both human rights and on public and mental health grounds. They are also concerned that those who claim the two Bills are a threat to marriage, families and the well-being of children are ignoring considerable research.

YWCA chief executive Janine Ahie says: “Our organisations share a vision of a fully inclusive world where division based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, culture and religion no longer exist and in which justice, peace, health and human dignity are promoted and sustained. The passage of the Civil Unions Bill and the Relationships (Statutory references) Bill will help meet these objectives.”

The four organisations believe the passage of these Bills will enhance family unity, community wellness and the protection of children without threatening traditional marriage.

“Assisting heterosexual and same-sex couples for whom marriage is not available, or not an appropriate choice, to have stable and committed relationships by according them legal recognition, with all of the responsibilities, duties and privileges that go with that status, can only enhance the strength of families in New Zealand,” says Rachael Le Mesurier, NZAF executive director.

Jeff Sanders, chief executive officer for Relationship Services, says: “There are many diverse forms of committed, loving and healthy relationships and families in our society – healthy relationships are the domain of all people, they are not confined to a particular sexuality, institution or cultural tradition.”

Dr Gill Greer, FPA executive director says there is considerable research to show that the sexual orientation of a parent is irrelevant to the development of a child’s mental health and social development and the quality of parenting.

“It is a major concern to us that young people in New Zealand schools can be subject to disapproval, harassment, bullying and discrimination because of the standing of their parent’s relationship. Such discrimination on the basis of their parents’ status is in conflict with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Individual and social wellbeing are strengthened through the recognition of the legal status of same sex couples, or heterosexual couples who choose not to marry but want some form of public and legal recognition and protection for themselves and their children. In 1994 the Government of New Zealand with 178 countries recognised the diversity of family forms at the International Conference on Population Development.”

“Neither the love and mutual commitment present in a successful heterosexual marriage, nor the institution of marriage itself, is threatened by having in society legal recognition for couples, who cannot or choose not to marry,” Janine Ahie says.

“These Bills will help ensure that our society celebrates diversity, is tolerant of difference, respectful of individual choice and treats all people equitably. This is a model of a strong and healthy community,” the joint statement concludes.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news