Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Human Rights Baby!!!

Just last week I was blogging about the decision of North Carolinians to place themselves on the wrong side of history. And in a delicious twist history decided to show up.

On the 9th of May, my homeboy, Barack Obama went ahead and confirmed what we had all assumed he believed all along:
It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.
While his words do not carry any legal weight and he has no intention to introduce federal legislation anytime soon, the simple fact of the most powerful man in the world affirming his belief in marriage equality is a big fucking deal!

It also has the effect of pushing same-sex marriage to the fore in this country and forcing our party leaders to voice their own views on same-sex marriage.

John Key:
I am not personally opposed to gay marriage.
Metiria Turei
Their policy is that same legal rights and responsibilities should apply to all couples regardless of whether that couple is gay, lesbian, transgender or heterosexual
Tariana Turia
she would support same-sex marriage on the basis that individuals and whanau had the right to choose for themselves whether or not to marry.
and this pathetic statement from David Shearer
I fully support marriage equality in principle but would like to see the detail of any legislation before giving formal support.
So the party leaders representing over ninety percent of the seats in the house support same-sex marriage. How come we can't get a cross party bill going? Step up John Key:
It's not my number one issue, that's for sure. That has been true of most of those conscience or moral issues. The previous Government had a lot of those on the agenda from prostitution law reform through to civil unions. We haven't had any and that's reflected that these are tough economic times and we need to spend our precious time in Parliament resolving those issues.
Fair enough I suppose, the government has limited time on it's and needs to focus on the really important issues, like the possible mass arrival of asylum seekers. Dickhead! If you have time for imaginary boat people, then you certainly have time for marriage equality.

Labour MP Louisa Wall has a Same-Sex Marriage bill ready to go in the members ballot so fingers crossed some time in the near future we can have an end to discrimination and equal rights for same-sex couples!

1 comment:

  1. Yep, Shearer has been pretty weak and meek on this. I expect the Wall bill would result in a conscience vote that would pass overwhelmingly. Probably only a handful of Nats, Banks, a few of NZ1st and Hone Harawira would oppose it.