Me and Marriage Equality

So here’s a sample of the kind of thing MPs are receiving in our inboxes: EXACTLY WHAT ARE GAYS #4 WHO SAYS WE NEED ‘OFFICIAL MARRIAGE’ FOR INSECURE HOMOSEXUALS? WHAT’S WRONG WITH CIVIL UNION? OR FOR EXTREME INSECURITY, MAYBE CASTRATION COULD RELIEVE THEIR ANXIETY (IT DID FOR MY DOG) (BE LIKE GENETIC ENGINEERING TOO). OR […]

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Catholic Bishops over-reach on marriage equality

It’s not a surprise that the NZ Catholic Bishops have chosen to oppose Louisa Wall’s Bill for marriage equality. After all, they opposed Homosexual Law Reform, they opposed human rights protection on the grounds of sexual orientation and they opposed Civil Unions. I’m beginning to sense a theme. The Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter  is addressed […]

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Marriage Equality – idea whose time has come

Marriage equality is about basic fairness. It is a pretty basic principle of law that discrimination that disadvantages a particular group based on irrelevant criteria is unacceptable, particularly when it is practised by the State. Louisa Wall’s bill to redefine marriage to exclude discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is about eliminating exactly […]

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New gay study feeds misplaced sensationalism

Great to see researchers interested in human sexuality research are keen to do a better job of including and understanding sexual orientation, identity and behaviour as separate categories. As those of us who know the field well know, however, it is fraught with both methodological and political difficulties. The political difficulties arise from the desperation of […]

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