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    Gay rights activist rejects Salvation Army statement of regret - 7-Jul-2006
    A gay rights activist says the Salvation Army still hasn't come to grips with the damage it caused during the Homosexual Law Reform campaign.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - Radio New Zealand
    Gay-rights battlers reflect on bitter campaign for reform - 6-Jul-2006
    Twenty years ago Bill Logan was the poster boy for the homosexual law reform movement.
    It was a time of tumult and tension but Mr Logan, now aged 57, believes it resulted in a better society.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Michael Stevens: We're gay, and look how ordinary we are - 6-Jul-2006
    Homosexuality ceased to be a criminal offence in this country in July 20 years ago. This anniversary will be marked with various celebrations around the country, and also with comments by some on how the country is daily further on the slippery slope to perdition.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    MP seeks to allow gay couples right to adopt - 2-Jul-2006
    The furore that erupted over the civil union legislation could be re-ignited by an MP's bid to legalise adoption for gay and de facto couples.
    As the law stands, individual gays and lesbians can adopt, but same-sex or unmarried couples cannot.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Gay adoption call by the Greens is outrageous - 22-May-2006
    Today’s comments from Green Party spokesperson for children, Metiria Turei, that New Zealand should change its legislation to allow gay couples to adopt children, are outrageous.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - Family Life International
    MP hits out at anti-gay adoption law - 21-May-2006
    Green MP Metiria Turei has labelled a law banning gay and lesbian couples from adopting children a "serious human rights outrage" and is calling for it to be overturned.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - Sunday Star Times
    Internal police inquiry follows 'gay' remark - 18-May-2006
    Two Christchurch police officers might be disciplined during an internal investigation over an "inappropriate" remark made at a Careers Expo.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - Stuff Website
    Man's scarf 'bit too gay' for police - 18-May-2006
    A Christchurch man showing interest in police recruitment at a Careers Expo was told the scarf he was wearing was "a bit too gay" by Canterbury's top police recruitment officer.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - The Press
    “Gay scarf” remarks disappointing, say Pride Week organisers - 18-May-2006
    The organisers of Christchurch Pride Week say they are disappointed at reports today of a homophobic remark made by a senior Canterbury police recruitment officer towards a potential recruit.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZAF
    Sperm donors - it's a mother's right to discriminate - 20-Mar-2006
    Of all the human rights issues to galvanise mankind, the inalienable right of gay men to be sperm donors would be near the bottom of my list of priorities.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - Sunday Star Times
    Activist wants right to tick gay box - 25-Feb-2006
    Statistics New Zealand is breaking the law by excluding a question on sexual orientation from this year's Census, says a prominent gay-rights campaigner.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Editorial: Children's welfare comes first - 22-Apr-2005
    The Law Commission's New Issues in Legal Parenthood report has prompted a largely predictable response. Opponents view its recommendations, especially one that would allow egg and sperm donors to become "third parents" to their biological children, as undermining parenthood and the traditional concept of family. Where, asked New Zealand First's family affairs spokeswoman, was "the politically correct madness and experimentation with our children's future" going to stop? The Government's response was, however, notably muted. It merely observed that the report grappled with difficult issues, and that it was required to respond within six months. No hint of approval was delivered, even though that must have been the Government's inclination. Having gone as far as it dared in the direction of same-sex marriage through the Civil Union Act, it clearly does not want a quick return to such fraught waters.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Related Site - The Law Commission
    Sperm donors could become 'third parents' - 21-Apr-2005
    But under the law, he has no legal status because he donated the sperm for artificial insemination rather than having sex with the mother. Law Commissioner Frances Joychild, who consulted about 20 donors and 27 lesbian mothers who had children using donors, said the man should be able to become the boys' legal parent.
    "The mother and her partner wanted him to be a legal father," she said. "All

    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Related Site - The Law Commission
    NZ AIDS Foundation supports Gender Identity Bill - 10-Feb-2005
    The experience of discrimination and prejudice can lead to greater vulnerability to HIV says the New Zealand AIDS Foundation today in an announcement supporting the Gender Identity Bill, which is being promoted by the MP for Waiarapa, Georgina Beyer.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZAF
    No adoption changes planned - Government - 8-Dec-2004
    The Government has no plans to allow same-sex couples to adopt children, Associate Justice Minister David Benson-Pope said yesterday.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - Stuff Website
    Adoption—Same-sex Couples - 7-Dec-2004
    Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 7 December '04
    Tuesday, 7 December 2004, 5:48 pm
    Press Release: Office of the Clerk
    2. MURRAY SMITH (United Future) to the Associate Minister of Justice: Is the Government intending to introduce legislation to allow same-sex couples to adopt children; if so, why?

    Read the full story/Visit the site - Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives
    NZ Census - 3-Mar-1996
    The five yearly census this year acknowledges the existence of gay and lesbian couples. Question 16 asks about marital status and this years note to the question states that "If you live with a partner as a gay or lesbian couple, tick "your partner or de facto, girlfriend or boyfriend." This will then flow through into the househould questionairre and make visible gay and lesbian couples in NZ statistics.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - QNA

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