ACT candidate Stephen Berry writes
I was an audience member at Aucklandâ€™s LGBTI meeting last night. It featured Jamie Whyte from ACT, Kevin Hague from the Greens, Miriam Pierard from Internet Mana, Paul Hutchinson from National (retiring at this election so clearly National saw this as a bottom priority for them) and Kelly Ellis from Labour.
Unfortunately it was a poorly attended and largely dreary affair. In 21st century New Zealand politics, homosexuality is so acceptable as to hardly be an issue at all. We watched politicians from across the political spectrum largely agree with each other and Jamie set a new record for being in full agreement with Kevin Hague. The final step that I could identify in legal discrimination against homosexuals is that in a homosexual relationship, only one parent can adopt while the other may take legal guardianship. This is unfair but hardly something to form a mob with burning torches over.
Jamieâ€™s message was spot on when he said that there should be no discrimination whatsoever by the state for any reason. I was glad when he bravely pointed out that this shouldnâ€™t be applied to the sphere of individualâ€™s private lives. Everyone, every day, discriminates against others for a host of minor reasons. If youâ€™re approached by a man in a bar who you find physically unattractive youâ€™d be likely to reject their advances based on that. I would hope nobody would suggest that youâ€™re obligated to accept someoneâ€™s physical advances. The Human Rights Act could not possibly list all the different reasons private discrimination should be banned and it shouldnâ€™t even begin to start. Freedom of association is far more important than hurt feelings at your company being rejected. Â Read more »