Monthly Archives: August 2012

  • Marriage and govt don’t mix, says vicar

    marriage toes

    Wairarapa Times-Age 25 August 2012 The Government should butt out of trying to determine what marriage is, a Greytown minister says. “My personal view is [that] I look at things from a spiritual perspective,” St...

  • Slim majority backs gay marriage bill

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    NZ Herald 27 Aug 2012 A bill to legalise same-sex marriage will pass its first hurdle when it comes before Parliament this week, a Herald poll of MPs shows. A straw poll found that a...

  • Marriage rights battle heating up

    Marriage

    NZ Herald 25 Aug 2012 Monique and Mahara take turns to cuddle six-month-old Jamie: mum, mum and baby, plus Jazz the dog, make a modern family. Though, as the same-sex marriage debate continues, some would...

  • Promoting a debate on marriage

    Colin Craig

    Colin Craig – Stuff.co.nz 20 Aug 2012 There are differing views on same-sex marriage and adoption, and I am always promoting a mature and respectful debate. Good leadership requires listening to both sides of the...

  • National MP’s Asked To Stand Strong on Marriage

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    Media Release 23 August 2012 “Marriage is an institution of the church, I don’t think it is necessary to have that label put on every relationship” Family First NZ is calling on National MP’s to...

  • Council web filter blocks marriage site as ‘hate’

    marriage under fire

    Otago Daily Times 23 Aug 2012 An automated web content filter for the Dunedin City Council’s internal network has deemed a Family First New Zealand website on traditional marriage a “hate” site, and blocked access...

  • Presbyterian Group Opposes Same Sex Marriage Bill

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    Presbyterian faction urges vote against same-sex marriage NZ Herald 22 Aug 2012 A conservative group within the Presbyterian Church has urged Parliamentarians to reject the same sex marriage bill next week, dismissing the views of...

  • Traditional Marriage Deemed ‘Hate’ At Dunedin Council

    Dunedin City Council

    Media Release 22 August 2012 Family First NZ has written to Dunedin Mayor David Cull asking why Dunedin City Council staff are able to access websites supporting gay marriage, but access to the ‘Protect Marriage’...

  • Presbyterian Group Opposes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

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    Presbyterian Affirm Media Release 22 August 2012 Presbyterian AFFIRM, a widely-supported conservative network within the Presbyterian denomination, is speaking out against the Bill which would allow same-sex couples to marry, declaring its views in a...

  • Photog Who Refused Same-Sex Wedding Assignment Gets Day in Court

    Photographer

    Charisma News 20 August 2012 The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to review the case of an Albuquerque photographer forced to pay nearly $7,000 for declining to use her artistic expression to help...

  • Marriage is Special, We Won’t Touch It – Labour

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    Media Release 22 August 2012 One week before the first vote on same sex marriage, Family First NZ has released statements made by the Labour and Green parties during the passing of the Civil Unions...

  • Pacific community discusses marriage equality

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    3 News 20 Aug 2012 Members of the Pacific community have met tonight to discuss Labour MP Louisa Wall’s private member’s bill on same-sex marriage. It comes after Labour MP Sua William Sio warned it...

  • Catholic Bishops oppose gay marriage in letter

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    ONE News 21 August 2012 A letter to young people from Roman Catholic bishops condemning gay marriage has been rejected by other Christian leaders. The letter to “Kiwis of Generation Y” from all six of...

  • Garth George: Same sex question remains: Why?

    garth george

    The Daily Post 19 Aug 2012 In the continuing debate over same-sex “marriage”, there is one question that has not so far been answered, and that is: “Why?” Why is it that homosexuals and lesbians...

  • Willie Jackson – Labour in trouble over marriage bill

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    Manukau Courier 17 Aug 2012 The recent outburst from Mangere MP Su’a William Sio over Manurewa MP Louisa Wall’s same-sex marriage bill shows that all is not well in the Labour Party camp. Just when...

  • Gay marriage costs Tories support in the pews

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    Telegraph (UK) 18 August 2012 Almost six out of 10 people who attend services regularly say they are less likely to vote Conservative at the next election because of the plans to redefine marriage. More...

  • Critiquing the Case for Same-Sex Marriage

    Flannagans

    Matthew Flannagan is a Pastor at Takanini Community Church; Madeleine Flannagan is a Lawyer at Coast Legal. Together they blog at MandM. Equality and Non-Discrimination According to the General policy statement of the Marriage (Definition...

  • Pacific Viewpoint TV Debate

    tavale mataia

    Pacific Viewpoint discusses the controversial Marriage Amendment Bill put forward by Labour Party MP Louisa Wall. Well worth the watch – especially the performance by Rev Tavale Matai’a...

  • Churches ‘will be forced to conduct gay weddings’ – UK

    Inside of a church

    Mail Online March 2012 A law to allow same-sex marriages will force Christians to conduct gay weddings in church, it was claimed yesterday. An analysis of equality law by Church of England lawyers suggests assurances...

  • Gay marriage is not a ‘human right’ – European Court of Human Rights

    (1)BELGIUM-BRUSSELS-EU-SPRING SUMMIT

    Mail Online (UK) March 2012 Same-sex marriages are not a human right, European judges have ruled. Their decision shreds the claim by ministers that gay marriage is a universal human right and that same-sex couples...