Maurice Williamson on Marriage Equality

Maurice Williamson has an opinion piece in the Howick and Pakuranga Times on Marriage Equality:

GAY marriage – so what? The way some people have been carrying on during the gay marriage debate alarms me.

I’ve had people bellowing down the phone to me and my staff at both my electorate office and office at Parliament.

The general flavour from those opposed is the world is about to fall apart if the Marriage Amendment Bill is passed.

Some think its passing will somehow devalue their marriage. I can tell you this now – it won’t.

I’ve had a Catholic priest advocating that I’m supporting something that’s so unnatural – interesting from one who has vowed to be celibate for his entire life.

In the mid 1980s, people claimed the same thing of the homosexual law reform.

At that time some of the most ghastly outcomes were prophesied. Fortunately, none of those outrageous consequences came to pass. 

He should have asked the Catholic priest what he was doing about boy buggery.

Fast forward to 2013 and some of the rhetoric being bandied around now about the Marriage Amendment Bill is simply absurd.

Let’s boil the Bill down to its simplest form – it will allow consenting gay couples to get married.

You would think from the way some people are carrying on that politicians are trying to make gay marriage compulsory for everyone. We’re not.

It is clear from the extensive communications I’ve received on this matter, the Pakuranga electorate is split almost 50:50 on the issue.  Just over half the calls, emails, letters and texts to my office are supportive, with the remainder opposed.

So, with no clear mandate from the people I represent, I am going with what I feel is right.

Most of the opposing arguments are patently absurd. I am yet to hear one single decent valid argument opposing marriage equality.

And that’s where my libertarian beliefs kick in. As long as it involves consenting adults acting of their own free will, and no damage is caused to the rest of us, then I’m happy to support it.

I’m yet to be convinced that the legislation will have any impact whatsoever on my marriage, or anyone else’s for that matter. I can’t fathom how it would.

The passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill will in my view signal how much we’ve grown as a country and that we are an inclusive society.

I’m sure this column will generate a fresh wave of criticism from certain factions, but I’ve got a thick enough skin to handle that.

In my opinion, the world will keep turning once the Marriage Amendment Bill is passed and that we should focus our attention on the things that really matter, such as growing our economy, lifting standards in education, reducing crime and delivering better health care.

I would have thought those were the issues that really mattered.

Precisely. Spot on Maurice.


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