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Marriage Equality Bill passes! First weddings due soon!

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History was made today when Parliament voted over-whelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage, 77 votes to 44.

Extending full marriage equality to consenting adults regardless of gender and sexual orientation was something that had to pass. No society can call itself civilised when it deprives some people a right enjoyed by others. Injustice cannot be allowed to prevail if we are all to live freely.

For those who opposed marriage equality, I say this; nothing has been taken from you, today. Your lives will go on as before. But the lives of gays and lesbians will have improved immeasurably.

For those people who opposed marriage equality on religious grounds, then understand this; your god is not everyone elses’ god. You may think so – but it isn’t true.

On a vastly more positive note, St Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland this evening announced,

“To those in the lGBTi community who wish a religious ceremony, St Matthew’s will begin taking bookings for your wedding tomorrow.”

This is the warm, inclusive, non-judgemental side of humanity’s religious faith. Imagine what kind of world we might live in if all regions expressed such tolerant, loving belief.

To all those seventyseven Members of Parliament – regardless of Party affiliation and political beliefs – who voted for marriage equality; it was a fine thing you did tonight.  This is what New Zealanders can achieve when we work together to make something good.

To all those seventyseven Member of Parliament – today you have made history.

And to all you seventyseven men and women – thank you.

Sleep well tonight.

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  1. Freya
    18 April 2013 at 1:08 pm

    In a decade we’ll be wondering what all the fuss was about.

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