‘Big Gay Rainbow’ quote of the year

Maurice Williamson’s speech supporting the Marriage Equality Act and his comment about the ‘big gay rainbow’ haas won Stuff’s quote of the year.

A comment about an “enormous big gay rainbow” that was seen on the day Parliament voted on the marriage equality bill has been voted the quote of the year.

National MP Maurice Williamson’s speech in support of gay marriage has won the Massey University Quote of the Year competition with an impressive 38 per cent of the vote – the second year in a row the competition has been won by a Member of Parliament.  

The speech was so well endorsed by the public that seven quotes from it were submitted to the competition.

Williamson, speaking in support of the Marriage Amendment Bill which allowed gay couples the right to legally marry, said he had received a message that the bill was the cause of the drought.

“Well, in the Pakuranga electorate this morning it was pouring with rain.

“We had the most enormous big gay rainbow across my electorate,” Williamson said.

Massey University speech-writing specialist Heather Kavan said the global impact of the speech meant the win was not a surprise.

“It has almost one and a half million views on YouTube ,and famous people including Stephen Fry and Ellen DeGeneres liked it, but what makes the quote so appealing is its irreverence.

“Several people commented on international social media that, in the countries they came from, no politician would have the courage to make fun of a priest in a televised parliamentary speech.”

Williamson was invited to appear on American chat-show Ellen after the speech shot him to international fame, but declined due to timing constraints.


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