Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • The problem with Louisa Wall’s study on gay parenting

    On TVNZ’s Q&A last Sunday (10 March) Labour MP Louisa Wall said (referring to gay adoption): In the latest research from the UK, from the University of Cambridge, said that that’s not right, that the...

  • Young submitter frustrated over MP reaction

    Newstalk ZB 14 March 2013 There’s frustration from a young parliamentary submitter at the lack of action against MPs, following a complaint about their conduct during a hearing. Eighteen-year-old Grace Carroll made an oral submission...

  • Marriage debate ‘dishonest’

    NewstalkZB/RBG News/Press Release Labour MP, Louisa Wall, has lashed out at Family First over its handling of her Marriage Amendment Bill. She says the debate over the bill has not been fair – and she...

  • What You Should Know About ‘Monogamish’ Relationships

    The Gospel Coalition 7 Mar 2013 One of the unspoken assumptions in the debate over same-sex marriage is that monogamy is equally valued by both homosexual and heterosexual couples. While far too many heterosexuals opt...

  • Opposing gay marriage ‘difficult decision’ – MP

    Manawatu Standard 13 March 2013 Rangitikei’s MP has decided to vote against the Marriage Equality Bill in Parliament tonight as he does not want to alter the definition of marriage. Ian McKelvie supported Louisa Wall’s...

  • Gay bill: Another step forward

    NZ Herald 14 May 2013 Same-sex marriage campaigners say the overwhelming support for the bill at its second hurdle is a ringing endorsement which shows MPs are in line with the views of ordinary New...

  • Don’t Stop Now!

    DON’T STOP NOW!  “We may not win every battle, but we’ll lose every battle we don’t even show up to” Bob McCoskrie Hi *|FNAME|* Disappointed? Yep. Giving up? No way!! You know the saying –...

  • Marriage Debate Fails on Identifying Key Issues

    Media Release 14 March 2013 In response to the passing of the 2nd reading of the bill opposing traditional marriage, National Director of Family First NZ and co-ordinator of the Protect Marriage campaign, Bob McCoskrie,...

  • Four change minds on gay marriage bill

    3 News 14 Mar 2013 Four National MPs have changed their minds about gay marriage between the first and second readings of the bill that will legalise it. The second reading count late on Wednesday...

  • Evidence Shows That Select Committee Muzzled Opponents

    Media Release 13 March 2013 Family First NZ has produced evidence that the Government Administration Select Committee considering the Marriage Amendment Bill has treated unique submissions opposing the bill as form letters in a desperate...

  • Churches urge MPs to protect opponents of gay marriage

    NZ Herald 12 Mar 2013 Church leaders are making a last-minute appeal to MPs to protect teachers who believe marriage should only be between opposite sexes even if Louisa Wall’s gay marriage bill is passed...

  • Separate Adoption Laws From Gay Marriage Debate

    Media Release 11 March 2013 Family First NZ is calling on politicians to treat any changes to the Adoption Act as distinct and separate from the current debate on redefining marriage. “Significant changes to adoption...

  • Norman Elliott: Consider children’s rights too

    NZ Herald 11 March 2013 Family lawyer Norman Elliott argues that changes to adoption ought not be made in a bill about marriage. The government administration select committee report to Parliament recommends the passing of...

  • I’m Gay and I Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

    Public Discourse 8 March 2013 “I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.” These words,...

  • Three parents and a baby

    Why California’s Three-Parent Law Was Inevitable Public Discourse – Jennifer Roback Morse 10 Sep 2012 A California bill allowing children to have three legal parents will not help children, but instead will unnecessarily complicate their...

  • Marriage equality bill loses public support

    TVNZ 10 Mar 2013 Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says that public support for Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill is slipping. Labour MP Wall’s bid to legalise same sex marriage passed its first reading at...

  • Primary teacher job threat over gay marriage storybook (UK)

    The Christian Institute 8 Mar 2013 A primary school teacher faced disciplinary action because she didn’t want to read to her class from a storybook about gay penguins. The teacher, who has not been named,...

  • Legal Opinion on Gay Marriage Exemption Reveals Major Shortcomings

    SUMMARY of Legal Opinion If the Bill was enacted incorporating the s5A recommendations of the Select Committee then: Q1: Will marriage celebrants, marriage registrars and ministers of religion (who are also marriage celebrants) be forced...

  • Gay Marriage Exemption ‘Unprincipled’, ‘Discriminatory’ – Legal Opinion

    Media Release 8 March 2013 A Legal Opinion obtained by Family First NZ from Barrister Ian Bassett has labeled the conscientious exemption proposed by the Select Committee Report on the same-sex marriage bill as ‘unprincipled...

  • Polyamory Action Lobby Established by Green activists (Aust)

    Herald Sun 4 March 2013 Three weeks ago Sydney’s City Hub reported on the establishment of the Polyamory Action Lobby, or PAL… And sure enough, PAL recently started a petition which reads: The House of...