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Press Releases (30)
Press releases in respect of the Civil Union Bill
Speeches (4)
Speeches from Members of Parliament in respect of the Civil Union Bill
Websites (10)
Websites with information about, discussion and views on the Civil Union Bill in New Zealand


    Destiny accuses Transit of double standards - 22-Jan-2005
    Destiny Church is accusing Transit New Zealand of double standards, in allowing a foreshore and seabed hikoi to cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge, but not its members.
    The roading agency says the church has indicated 20,000 people will join its march against the Civil Union Act and other recent laws, planned for the first Saturday in March. It says that number of people would damage the bridge's structure.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    John Armstrong: The year of Orewa and the foreshore - 1-Jan-2005
    "I did not choose my sexuality; no one does. It was in me from when the genetic strands started to gather in my mother's womb." - Gay MP Tim Barnett makes an impassioned plea to Parliament to pass the Civil Union Bill.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Alexis Stuart: Same-sex research is unreliable - 28-Dec-2004
    Emma Davies and David Semp (whose article under the headline "Parents’ sexuality irrelevant to kids") join the ranks of those who believe that if you say something wrong often enough it will become true.
    They claim research finds no difference in any measures between heterosexual and homosexual parents regarding parenting styles, children’s emotional wellbeing and sexual orientation of the children.
    QNA Note: Alexis Stuart is part of Maxim Institute - A conversative religious - interesting the NZ Herald failed to mention this.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - New Zealand Herald
    Related Site - Maxim Institute
    Editorial: Government’s liberal drift carries political risks - 20-Dec-2004
    The country is governed by a party that understands social policy as a matter of economics and civil liberties. The policies it calls "social" are those that attend to the inequalities of income and opportunity and the consequences of popular prejudice or moral judgments. It is the latter that characterise its contribution to national development more than perhaps anything else it has done. The Clark Government will probably be remembered mainly for acts such as the legalisation of prostitution and the creation of what will be seen as a form of marriage for homosexuals.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - New Zealand Herald
    Mayor sorry about gay-parent claims - 18-Dec-2004
    Auckland City Mayor Dick Hubbard has apologised to gays for urging Parliament not to allow civil unions, but wants to read up on additional information before considering a full retraction.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - New Zealand Herald
    Tapu Misa: Get parenting right and all the problems will be solved - 15-Dec-2004
    I was reminded of this in light of the heat and fury which continued to be generated over the Civil Union Bill passed last week. A week or so ago a reader chided me for a column in which I argued that children who grew up outside the traditional heterosexual marriage model weren't necessarily worse off. He'd grown up in a separated household and knew from his own experience that it was bad for children. Surely I would want my own children to grow up with both a mum and a dad?
    Read the full story/Visit the site - NZ Herald
    Emma Davies and David Semp: Parents' sexuality irrelevant to kids - 15-Dec-2004
    Is there evidence that children of lesbian and gay parents are more likely to be abused, murdered, suffer depression, poverty and achieve lower educational standards than those raised by heterosexual parents? A systematic search of international scientific databases reveals there is not.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - New Zealand Herald
    Groups against same sex law - 15-Dec-2004
    THE Catholic church will never compromise the biblical principle of marriage which is between a man and a woman, said the head of the archdiocese Archbishop Petero Mataca.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - Fiji Times
    One for, five against Civil Union Bill - 14-Dec-2004
    Most Manukau constituency MPs voted against the Civil Union Bill in Parliament on Thursday.
    Ross Robertson (Labour, Manukau East), Taito Phillip Field (Labour, Mangere), John Tamihere (Labour, Tamaki Makaurau), Judith Collins (National, Clevedon) and Maurice Williamson (National, Pakuranga) were among 55 MPs who voted against the bill.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - Manukau Courier
    Hubbard chooses veteran politician as adviser - 13-Dec-2004
    Auckland City Mayor Dick Hubbard has hired a veteran of West Auckland's local government wars, former Waitakere deputy mayor Dorothy Wilson, as a political adviser in his office.
    This follows a baptism of fire for the political novice, culminating in Mr Hubbard making a last-minute push against the Civil Union Bill and a gay mayoral assistant quitting in protest.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - New Zealand Herald
    It's the season to be civil - 12-Dec-2004
    It is time, we believe, to celebrate the dawn of smokefree civil unions in New Zealand. The historic importance of this new era should not be underestimated, particularly at this auspicious time of the year when many unions are under threat of becoming something less than civil due to the stresses of the season. A drag on a fag was once the time-honoured way of de-stressing, but alas, that's not the goer it used to be any longer either.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - Manawatu Standard
    Jonathan Milne: Soft steps for week's big winners - 12-Dec-2004
    It was a black day for the conservatives, a red-letter day for the liberal left. Or perhaps a pink-letter day.
    With the passing of the Civil Union Act, an end to smoking in bars and the release of refugee Ahmed Zaoui, it was little surprise to see a few happy tears welling up in the eyes of old-time leftie and Green MP Keith Locke.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - New Zealand Herald
    Assistant leaves job after mayor's stand against Civil Union Bill - 12-Dec-2004
    Dick Hubbard's personal assistant has quit in protest at the Auckland mayor's anti-civil union stance.
    The Herald on Sunday understands Hayden Jones - a board member of the Gay Auckland Business Association - left his post on Thursday after learning the mayor had signed a letter opposing the Civil Union Bill, which has since passed into law.

    Read the full story/Visit the site - New Zealand Herald
    Related Site - Gay Auckland Business Association
    Sandra Paterson: Ideally, MPs would represent the people - 11-Dec-2004
    Are referendums the way to go? As a 17-year-old exchange student in Switzerland, I watched with interest as every citizen got the chance to say whether or not to join the United Nations.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - New Zealand Herald
    Till death do us part, the argument simmers - 11-Dec-2004
    SO THE Civil Union Bill has passed.
    The country will never be the same, writes Geoff Taylor. From now on we can expect gay people to accost us in the streets and workplaces, knock on our doors at home to convert us, and rush us off to civil ceremonies to say "I do".

    Read the full story/Visit the site - Waikato Times
    Personal victory - 11-Dec-2004
    Christchurch Central MP Tim Barnett was the public face of the Civil Union Bill. But for Barnett, it was also a personal battle to be legally united with the man he loves, writes Keri Welham.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - The Press
    Personal victory
    John Roughan: Call me a homophobe and I won't argue - 11-Dec-2004
    Hands up all who wanted a referendum on the Civil Union Bill. I thought not. Your reasons, if you're male, are probably much like mine. Homosexuality is something I don't want to think about, hear about, discuss or decide upon.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - New Zealand Herald
    Gordon McLauchlan: Overtaken by deja vu - 11-Dec-2004
    After 15 years of never missing a week when the Herald was published on my day, Friday at first and then Saturday, I will write my last column next week, at least for some time.
    Read the full story/Visit the site - New Zealand Herald

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