Hopefully, New Zealand will soon become one of the handful of countries to legalise same-sex marriage! The first reading of the bill was passed in parliament yesterday, 80 for and 40 against, which is a whopping 19 votes more than the 61 needed to pass, with only 2 votes abstaining (undecided). The bill just needs two more readings for it to pass and become law.
As you can possibly tell from this, I am pro-equality, which translates into being pro-same sex marriage. I believe that people should have the right to have sex with, and marry, and co-habit, and be legally known as spouses, no matter what their sexual orientation is.
Quite a lot of religious Christian Pacific Islanders have been opposing this bill, saying that one step will lead to another, and that this bill is the top of a sliding hill. However the Marriage Amendment Bill only inserts that the definition of marriage is between TWO PEOPLE. It doesn’t enforce churches to accept. I’m not sure what logical and moral argument you can have against this. As far as I can tell, it’s not forcing anybody to do anything, apart from recognise that couples of the same sex have the right to be married, and while traditionalists may continue to view marriage as a union between a man and a woman for pro-creation purposes, the legalisation of gay marriage may provide slightly more equality for gay, lesbian or bisexual New Zealanders.
It may also help to tamp down on New Zealand’s obscenely large teen suicide rates, of which a fairly large percentage is made up of gay, lesbian or bisexual teens.
But that’s just my take on it. I know that it is a very controversial issue, and so if you disagree with me, don’t hesitate to speak your mind. You can also read more about the Bill in the NZ Herald article here.
Let’s call me Lily