Bigots mail to MPs

Kevin Hague has highlighted an example of some of the anti-marriage equality mail that MPs have received.

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 PERHAPS SUGGEST THEY GET ‘MARRIED’ IN UGANDA INSTEAD.

BE ALMOST WORTH IT TO PAY THEIR ONE WAY FARE.

DON’T YOU VOTE FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE!

YOUR ELECTORATE WILL REMEMBER IN 2014!

xxxxxxx yyyyyyyyy

PS DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT ADOPTION!

PPS YOUR MUM WASN’T A LESBIAN.

In response Kevin is reasonable and rational (and incredibly patient and polite).  I’ll be a little more direct to the letter writer.  “You are a dick.  Aside from being wrong on this issue you are also pushing MPs toward voting for marriage equality.  If you were smart you’d realise that MPs don’t want to be associated with extremists like you.”

Anyway, Hague then talks about his own relationship and what his committed relationship looks like – much like most committed (married) heterosexual relationships:

My partner and I got together in August 1984. That’s 28 years. Probably longer than many of the MPs who will end up voting against Louisa’s Bill. Our lives together are not really any different to those of many heterosexual couples. We cook and eat together, we watch TV, we do the gardening, we have stupid arguments, we visit our families and friends, we go cycling together, we pay the mortgage, we go to the supermarket, we have had a houseful of teenagers, we went to their parent-teacher interviews, we go to the gym. We love each other.

We don’t know if we will marry. But if we do, we hope you will celebrate with us, and recognise that lighting our candle does not extinguish yours – it just increases the light.

That last line “we hope you will celebrate with us, and recognise that lighting our candle does not extinguish yours – it just increases the light” is taken from my favourite speech from the Civil Union bill debate.

 I used to often tell my students: “You don’t make your own candle shine more brightly by blowing out somebody else’s.”, and the converse of that adage is: “My own candle will not glow more dimly if I should light somebody else’s.” Therefore, I ask this question: how will my own marriage be diminished by the passage of this legislation? The answer, and I am convinced it is the correct answer, is it will not make one iota of difference. If that is the case, what is so dreadfully wrong in allowing other New Zealanders of a different disposition to make a long-term, public commitment to someone they love?

Brian Donnelly was a New Zealand First MP, a great man, teacher and leader.  If he was still around I am sure that New Zealand First wouldn’t be the pussies they are being in suggesting they will either abstain or bloc vote against the bill.  I also thought that Denis O’Rourke was a man very like Donnelly (full of compassion and understanding) – I can only hope that O’Rourke will ‘man up’ and challenge Winston.

 

  • Goldie

    “Brian Donnelly was a New Zealand First MP, a great man, teacher and leader.”
    Amen to that. He had more brains and integrity than the rest of NZ First put together.

    • teachersrock

      As someone who knew Brian on a professional basis,I agree that he was an amazing teacher and a very smart man. He would have been ashamed to see what NZF is turning into.

  • cows4me

    I still think using the term marriage in concerns to a gay couple is wrong but if I was Kevin I would vote for it. When someone basically yells into your face what they want or don’t want your automatic reaction is to do the opposite, it’s human nature. Having said that I think the fringe gay movement trying to shove gay marriage down the country’s throat are seen a bit like the email er. If you don’t agree with gay marriage you are label a bigot, denying a human right and many other vile things. Yes whoever sent the letter is a moron but it works both ways, gays demanding gay marriage will have the same effect on the general public, it works both ways.

    • Andrei

      You assume that that missive is genuine of course.

      Whereas Alinsky 101 might suggest that an agitator promoting “gay marriage” is the real author.,

  • pukakidon

    Did not Helun clark let the gay community down by alienating them with the Civil Union? She didn’t have the moral fortitude to provide them with equal rights. It might have hurt her chances at nailing a cushy job at the UN.

    And Labour believe they have the moral high ground on this what a joke. National will bring in the equality for the Gay community, I hope the Gay people remember this on election day.

    • Gayguy

      Actually Labour will bring marriage equality. Most of National will vote against it.

      • pukakidon

        Bullshit Gayguy your Hellun and her party let you down. Remember Labour are still trying to negotiate and kiss up for a partnership with Winston First and he is against you having equal rights. You should be demanding that Labour does not have anything to do with Winston First. It is no use trying to blame National. This is more Liarbour lies. Face up to reality your prospective partners don’t like Gaypeople.

        • Gayguy

          Actually it will pass without NZF so I suggest you get your facts right.

          Also I never blamed National, I stated a truth that most in National will vote against equal marriage rights. Are you going to suggest otherwise?

          • pukakidon

            Yes I believe most National will vote for it. But you are still going to cozy up to the party that is against your beliefs. Does getting in parliament mean that much to the Members of the Labour party that they would sell their soul?

            Pretty sorry state of affairs, but I guess that is why they are only 30% of the vote and have to make deals with the devil..

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