Monday, August 22, 2011

Legalise love

Seven years ago, Parliament passed the Civil Union Act 2004, allowing same-sex couples marriage in all but name. It was a fantastic advance for gay rights in New Zealand. At the same time, its not enough. "Marriage in all but name" isn't equality - its separate but equal, which isn't. The denial of full marriage is a denial of equality, an act of stigmatisation. It says "sure, you can have the legal rights, but not the name and the status". In addition, it also means that same-sex couples can't adopt.

Now we have a public campaign to change that: Legalise Love. They'll be advocating for change, and marching on Parliament in October. Please show them your support, and help us achieve proper equality in New Zealand.