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

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election