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

 

Campaign welcomes result

9 December 2004

Campaign welcomes result

''We welcome this result,'' says Cameron Law, Campaign for Civil Unions spokesperson, responding to today’s Third Reading of the Civil Union Bill which saw 65 MPs voting in favour of the Bill, and 55 MPs voting against.

“The Campaign thanks each of those 65 MPs for making the right decision.

“New Zealand can now stand proudly among the many countries where human rights have triumphed over fear and doubt, and where same-sex couples will now have access to the legal recognition of their relationships.

“This simple call for equality is what the campaign has been all about. All those who have been involved in the campaign have simply wanted to ensure that all couples can access legal recognition, and not be excluded because of their sexual orientation.

“It is time for opponents of the Bill to reconsider their views. This was never a debate about homosexuality or the biblical morality of same-sex relationships. It was – and remains – a debate about whether the law should treat people fairly or not.

“Our answer has always been that it should. That essential fairness, which is a deep-seated part of New Zealand culture, is what Parliament voted to uphold today. It’s something all New Zealanders can be proud of.

“We are now half way through this debate. The next challenge is the passage of the Relationships (Statutory References) Bill, which the Campaign would like to see passed early in the new year. We are confident the debate about that bill will be much less controversial than this debate has been.

“For today, we once again congratulate Parliament on making the right decision, and to every MP who stood by their conscience and voted for the Civil Union Bill,” Cameron Law concluded.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>

 

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election