Bob’s covered this one pretty well.
Family First NZ is hugely concerned by comments made by the author of the bill to redefine marriage regarding integrated schools who receive government funding and may disagree with altering the definition of marriage.
In comments to a gay website about Northland’s Pompallier Catholic College and comments made by the Principal opposing the bill, Labour MP Louisa Wall said ‘I don’t think in these days of integrated schools and given this school does receive some form of state funding, that advocating against equality and non-discrimination and supporting discriminatory laws is what schools and a principal should be promoting.’
“This seems to be a veiled but real threat to integrated schools, many who are faith-based and would oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds, that they will either have to promote same-sex marriage against their own beliefs or be threatened with losing funding,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
It speaks volumes about those promoting this law, that they are so bold in making such threatening statements.
But, lest we remember, almost the entire country stood up and rejected the last item on the liberal agenda, and that did a fat lot of good. So they know full well that they can be say things like this and there’s not a damn thing anyone can do about it.
(My position is clear: legislating for same-sex marriage is like legislating for dry water. You can call something whatever you like and change whatever laws you like, but it doesn’t change the facts on the ground.
This “issue” is not something that I find worth my time debating, though the stupidity does tend to drag me in from time to time!
The biggest concern at this point is what the effects of this contradiction between law and reality will have – i.e. what laws will they foist on us once they realise people don’t recognise same sex unions as marriages. Somehow, I don’t think any of the proposed “answers” will ever involve less state power.)
Louisa Wall forgets that there is no urgent need for this legislation. The top echelon of the GLBT community, including a man who has owned gay nightclubs for over 20 years, are indifferent to the issue of gay marriage. Civil unions is enough. Isn’t it?
Either we have only civil unions or we bring in gay marriage as well (to impress the folk in Washington) but, if we do have gay marriage in New Zealand, we should also have the appropriate legislation that gives ministers their right to choose what ceremonies they perform. Christians who value the tenets of the Bible, including the sacred status of marriage as being between one man and one woman, should not have to sacrifice their beliefs for the sake of political correctness.
I think you have a good point – this legislation is just about naming – no new rights are being conferred outside that renaming.
So the entire debate is stupid, because we already have same-sex marriage in all but name.
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