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I took a Tumble: Marriage Equality Submission

glitter-stained-lies:

I grew up not realising anything was different about me, I never knew that I wasn’t like the other kids and it wasn’t until the end of high school when I discovered who I really was that I even noticed there wasn’t equality in NZ. I’m from a loving family that supported me no matter what, so even…

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Ever since I started being open and honest about my sexuality, I have constantly heard “You just haven’t had a real man.”, “I’m sure if you just tried a guy, you would like it.” and other derogatory phrases to that effect. I am sick of my sexuality being treated as a novelty or a joke. I cannot change who I am, and the argument that being gay is a choice is simply wrong. If I had the choice, I wouldn’t hesitate to choose heterosexuality, as life would certainly be a lot less complicated if I was considered “normal” in society’s eyes. Sexuality is not a light switch; it cannot be suddenly changed at will. It is only one small part of who I am, just like the colour of my skin, that I cannot change. I do not believe that my eligibility to marry should be based on the gender of my partner, and I believe that the current laws encourage discrimination and intolerance. The warped and skewed perception that people in society have of sexuality is just one of many issues that can be rectified by passing the marriage equality bill. LGBT couples and heterosexual couples should not be separated under the law, as this separation encourages the idea that LGBT people are different to everyone else. I have been lucky; I have a strong support base of friends and family who accept me for who I am, no matter what. Not everyone is as lucky as I am. Many LGBT people feel ashamed and scared of who they are because of the attitudes of the people around them, and constantly have to hide behind a facade, pretending to be someone they are not, because of the negative and discriminatory attitudes of their own community. Many are afraid to be true to themselves, as this could see them be outcast by their peers, friends, and even their own family. Marriage is a right, not a privilege. This bill will be a positive step forward to being a truly accepting society.

My submission in support of the Marriage Equality Bill. If you live in New Zealand, I urge you to fill one out. Last day you can hand one in is this Friday, 26th October 2012. Don’t miss out on having your say! This is the only point in the process that you can have your voice heard. (via amourir)

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Mr: My submission to the Government Administration Select Committee on the issue of Marriage Equality

mr-mr-mr-mr:

Marriage Equality matters because marriage is the ultimate expression of love.

My idea of Love: it should be without frontiers; it should overcome and transcend; and it should be free. It should not be limited; it should not have obstacles put in its way, nor should it consequently lag behind; it…

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Light Reverie: Marriage Equality Submission

lightreverie:

My name is Logan Reynolds, I am gay, and I care tremendously about securing the right to get married. Although I am young and not ready for marriage, I am stoic in my conviction that the passing of this bill is a critical step in New Zealand’s journey to authentic equality. When I find love -…

Weew.: My submission to the select committee in regards to marriage equality in New Zealand.

deathstears:

My name is Kate Chamberlin. I am seventeen years old, and I like to consider myself a fairly normal teenager. I get decent grades, I have an amazing group of close friends, and I have a family who cares for me. However, there is one thing that sets me well apart from the majority of my…

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My Submission in Support of Marriage Equality

long-gone-and-moved-on:

Help vote for Marriage Equality in New Zealand
http://www.marriageequality.co.nz/submit.html

long-gone-and-moved-on:

Help vote for Marriage Equality in New Zealand

http://www.marriageequality.co.nz/submit.html

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I believe that LGBT rights are human rights and that the whole of our society will be better if we enable a large swathe of New Zealanders to fully embrace these rights under New Zealand law. There is nothing moral, sensible nor prudential about this form of institutionalised discrimination. While marriage once had its beginnings in practical considerations to do with the protection of the family, we are increasingly finding that people can live perfectly well in loving, committed relationships without it. What it comes down to, then, is choice. The choice to formalise, symbolise your relationship in a legally - and, arguably, moral - way. That there are people wanting to do this is surely a wonderful, beautiful thing. It seems perverse to argue that an increase in the number of loving, equal kiwi families will be a detriment to society.

I don’t know. The pessimist in me thinks that you’ll have already made up your minds, or that the bureaucratic processes will mean some of you will have to compromise your beliefs for the sake of the party, or some other deal you have going on elsewhere in parliament. But I also think about when my parents divorced, and my mum and I went to live in a renovated one-bedroom flat in the bottom storey of the house of a wonderful, committed, lesbian couple in Hataitai. They housed and looked after us for six months, giving my mum a chance to get back on her feet. They gave our lives at this time a form of structure that we would otherwise have lacked. If they could have married, I think they would have. And I find it ludicrous that we assume a heterosexual relationship - like my parents’, failing from its very beginnings - contains within it more sanctity than a homosexual one. That’s discrimination. And it’s a form of discrimination that is rapidly decreasing, notably amongst the younger generation. I can offer you no prudential reasons for voting against this bill, but one for; you’re going to get left behind, old guard. You’ll be branded as relics of another time. The government ought to lead in a progression towards a more equal society, not be dragged along behind society as we increasingly embrace progressive ideals.

Ultimately, this debate has centred around belief. Belief and love. I believe that LGBT rights are right; others will (and do) believe otherwise. But if we let our dogmatism, our bloody-minded insistence that our beliefs are correct over all the others, overshadow the simple truth that there are people in this country wanting to express their love for one another to the fullest extent they can under law and they are being denied this, then there is something deeply wrong with New Zealand society as it currently stands. The government has a role to protect its citizens, and to rectify wrongs institutionalised in society. Do this.

My overly long and self-indulgent submission to the select committee for Lousia Wall’s Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill. Submissions close at 5pm, so do yours now! (via big-black-car)

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A Crossfire of Flowers: Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill

sadlypeoplecomeandgo:

“I offer my viewpoint after hearing the arguments put forth by those opposing this bill and/or same sex marriage. One of which is that civil union gives those in same sex relationships the same rights already offered by marriage. Stemming from this comes the question why another…