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

 


First, same-sex marriage. Next, equality!

First, same-sex marriage. Next, equality!

The Queer Avengers reject conservative scaremongering, which seeks to undermine widespread support for marriage equality. The group has recently come out in support of Louisa Wall's bill, while stressing that marriage equality is not the end of LGBTI struggles.

“63% of voters support marriage equality,” says Queer Avenger Sara Fraser citing a recent TVNZ poll. “Conservative lobbyists want to undermine popular support through fear.”


Recently, conservative groups have launched a petition against marriage equality, demanding that supporters of marriage equality state their opinion on polygamy. Fraser says that both same-sex and polyamorous relationships are being scapegoated, and share a common struggle.

“Conservative scaremongering sets marginalised people against each-other,” Fraser argues. “We have to stand with all people excluded by the current system.” Fraser highlights the example of whangai adoption, an indigenous form of adoption within communities, which has been eroded by 1950s adoption law.


Fraser observes that family structures, and definitions of marriage, change throughout history. “There isn't even one consistent family structure endorsed by all churches,” says Fraser. “The Church of Latter Day Saints used to promote polygamy. Interracial marriages were illegal in the USA, and rape within marriage was legal in New Zealand until 1985. It is time for another reform to marriage law, to bring us closer to equality.”


"Homophobic groups have a unhealthy fetish for form over content. For them it's about one man and one woman. For us it’s about consent and equality.”


The Queer Avengers argue that the struggle for gender and sexual liberation is larger than this one reform. "Our ultimate aim is to look at issues beyond marriage," Frasier explains. "Our group was founded on the platform of addressing the problems of regular homophobic and transphobic street violence, suicide and homelessness among LGBTI youth and inadequate health care for trans* people.”


"These issues require that we fight for more than marriage rights, they require a wider social transformation for gender and sexual liberation.”
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Pacific Spying: Mass Surveillance Of NZers Confirmed By Former GCSB Director - Contradicting PM John Key

Scoop Editor Alastair Thompson Reports: Yesterday morning former GCSB Director Sir Bruce Ferguson confirmed mass surveillance of New Zealnders in the Pacific is taking place as revealed in the latest Snowden leaks investigated by Nicky Hager. In 2013 John Key told press gallery reporters that in the event mass surveillance was found have been conducted by the GCSB, he and the director of the GCSB - his childhood friend Ian Fletcher - would resign. As the controversy deepens a year and half later Fletcher has already resigned. But will Key? More>>

Gordon Campbell: Legal Fudging Of The GCSB Revelations

As many have noted, the Hager/Snowden revelations of the spying by our security agencies on our Pacific neighbours and allies is a virtual re-run of the pre-election debate. It is a situation where the government (a) stonewalls, (b) baldly asserts that mass surveillance is not occurring despite the Snowden evidence that it is, and (c) claims that the GCSB actions were lawful. Yet as Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman says, this can be true only if the legislation passed last year by the Key government has made the mass surveillance of New Zealanders – and the related handing over of their private data to the NSA – lawful. More>>

Latest:

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Women's Day, March 8: It’s Time For Men To Step Up For Gender Equality

UN Women is launching the HeForShe campaign in New Zealand at the International Women's Day Parliamentary Breakfast, and is calling on New Zealand men — including politicians and community and sports leaders — to show their commitment to gender equality by signing up to this global campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system... More>>

ALSO:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news