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


Marriage (Discrimination) Bill Defeated

Marriage (Discrimination) Bill Defeated - Support for Human Rights Builds

The clear defeat of the Marriage (Gender Clarification) Amendment Bill at its first reading may indicate that this Parliament is even more supportive of Human Rights than the last, says Campaign for Civil Unions spokesperson Jeremy Lambert.

The Bill, promoted by United Future’s Gordon Copeland, was heavily criticised from all sides of the House, with the National Party’s Katherine Rich describing it as a “cheap political stunt”.

Eleven of Ms Rich’s National Party colleagues joined her in voting against the bill – a bill which, if it had succeeded, would have allowed discrimination against couples in civil unions in favour of those who had married.

However, the strongest block of opposition came from the Labour and Green parties who, together, provided 55 of the 61 votes required to defeat the bill.

“This bill was a blatant attack on same-sex couples and the civil union legislation passed last year. Ironically, it has probably had the opposite effect that its promoters had intended. During the debate MPs were clearly irate that time was being spent restating existing law and potentially providing a forum for what Katherine Rich described as ‘a bunch of banjo-playing redneck homophobes’”, says Jeremy Lambert.

The bill was also supported by the Maori Party and its speaker, Hone Harawira, spoke passionately about the debate about this bill within his party and the reasons why they had decided to oppose it.

“The extent and breadth of political opposition to this bill should be extremely comforting for civil union supporters. However, it does illustrate why we need to remain vigilant and monitor closely extremist MPs who seek to place their views and lifestyles above others.”

United Future and ACT were the only parties to fully support the bill. The bill was defeated by 73 votes to 47.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Emissions Reduction Plan Non-Event

Clearly, the attempt to take the politics out of climate change has itself been a political decision, and one meant to remove much of the heat from the global warming issue before next year’s election. What we got from yesterday’s $2.9 billion Emissions Reduction Plan was a largely aspirational multi-party commitment to the direction of policy on climate change...


Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>


Budget: Updated My Vaccine Pass For Those Who Want It

New Zealanders who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will be able to download an updated My Vaccine Pass from 24 May, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Speaker: 2022 Register Of Pecuniary And Other Specified Interests Presented
The 2022 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament was presented in the House today. It contains a summary of members’ interests as at 31 January 2022... More>>

Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Inland Revenue: Commissioner Appointed
Deputy Public Service Commissioner Helene Quilter QSO has today announced the appointment of Peter Mersi to the position of Commissioner and Chief Executive, Inland Revenue Department... More>>




InfoPages News Channels