Herald Feature: Share via email email. He said the committee had been "very mindful" of concerns that the bill posed a threat to the status of marriage as a unique institution.
To equate anything else breaks English and the facts of life. This is a law that will allow people not only homosexuals to designate a person outside of their family to have the rights of a next of kin. It seems to me that the Civil Union Bill and, indeed, the Relationships Bill, will among other things nullify the practical effectiveness of the Marriage Act. The report included a Herald-DigiPoll survey of 750 people, which found that New Zealanders broadly approved of the Government's plans to recognise gay relationships as civil unions but not as marriage.
Share on Google Plus google-plus. However, these five states have removed the option for new same-sex marriages from their laws.
I hadn't realised that we were only discriminating against a minority! The "she'll be right" nation seems to think that as long as civil unions don't affect my marriage, what's the problem? Other states took the opposite approach, banning any possibility of same-sex marriage or civil unions. In 2000, Vermont became the first state to pass a law allowing civil unions for same-sex couples.
The committee has managed to bring de facto laws into line with the Human Rights Act in most respects. Others passed laws granting these couples the ability to enter into domestic partnerships.
Union and marriage, it's not quite even. But that wasn't possible then, and it's still not now.
While civil unions paved the way for dozens of pieces of legislation to be changed so that they did not discriminate against same-sex couples, that didn't go far enough, Labour deputy leader Grant Robertson says. More from New Zealand. Neither is it the Government's job to endorse relationships to promote people's self-esteem. Share on Twitter twitter.
It is a social experiment at the expense of children and MPs would be wise to reject it. Marriage is the joining of the lives of a man and a woman at hip and heart and head, sealed before all by solemn agreement and ceremony.
You can find Krista online at TwoDogBlog. In the United States and Brazil, same-sex marriages are not recognised federally but some states or courts have allowed same-sex couples to legally marry. De facto couples will not, and the committee has carefully avoided linking marriage with any other form of relationship. Any choice is okay and the level of commitment, the stability and the length of the relationship doesn't matter, irrespective of whether there are children involved.