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Mayor Promotes Civil Union Pantomime

Press Release
28 April 2004


Children need to experience the committed love of a mother and a father, NOT witness “a couple of old buggers tying the knot” in a “civil union” in order to try and legitimise buggery so they can be media “poster boys” in the promotion of “gay” couple’s ‘rights’ to adopt children.

The Mayor of Wellington, Kerry Prendergast, plans to ‘marry’ “a couple of old buggers” on Sunday 1 May in a “civil union” ceremony in the Wellington City Council Chambers, followed by a parade in Civic Square celebrating “sexual diversity” (i.e. homosexuality/buggery and other perversions). This pathetic parasitic pantomime of a ceremony she will preside over as a registered civil union celebrant, seeks to give effect to a law that its “gay” promoters say recognises that same sex couples should be treated as “equal” under the law to heterosexual couples who are married. For example, the sexual relationship of a man who regularly has anal sex and “fisting” sessions with his partner, as well as enjoys group sex with younger men in gay bars, is somehow declared the same in nature and in principle to the life affirming love expressed by a committed married heterosexual couple with or without children. Such delusional thinking is reminiscent of that of a certain emperor and his new ‘clothes’.

But why spoil the ‘fun’ of “a couple of old buggers” by calling their special ‘marriage’ ceremony a “parasitic pantomime”? Because the comparison is perfectly valid. There is every reason to assess it as a farce: a sad attempt to try and treat same sex relationships as equivalent to those involving married heterosexuals.

Marriage, an institution recognised by the state and predating the state, can only by definition involve a relationship between opposite sex partners – one man and one woman – who under the marriage (social) contract become husband and wife. Any eligible committed heterosexual couple who wants to get their relationship recognised in law can do so by visiting a Registry Office. The marriage contract can be entered into without any reference to religion.

Marriage involves justifiable discrimination in law as it recognises the fundamental differences between males and females and the fact that only from the union of opposite-sex partners can children be born into a committed loving relationship where their rights to have a father and a mother are met. A wealth of social science research shows that they develop best within a stable, loving marriage involving a mother and a father.

A civil union mimics marriage in almost every feature including: a form of ‘solemnisation procedure’ (the terms “husband” and “wife” are replaced with “civil union partner”), the requirement of a state -sanctioned celebrant and witnesses, dissolution procedures etc. and yet the Bill’s supporters claim its intention is to cast aside the cultural baggage associated with marriage. This is totally dishonest.

A civil union is clearly designed as “marriage for same-sex couples”. It is an unnatural parasite that draws its sustenance entirely from the virtues that undergird committed marriage (sexual fidelity, faithfulness etc.). Society is under no legal obligation to provide sanction to any form of sexual intimacy outside marriage! It has a moral duty to uphold and strengthen marriage and not endorse parasitic mimics that in law have no real meaning.

Nothing in the Human Rights Act 1993 requires the state to open marriage up to opposite sex couples. (the limitations placed on entry based on gender is a justifiable limitation under section 5 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990), or invent some new form of ‘relationship recognition’ based on intimate sexual activity outside of marriage (e.g. same-sex relationships, paedophilia, polygamy).


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