Article Title:Gay taxpayers pay for antigay ad
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:12th April 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2286
Text:Gay and lesbian taxpayers have footed the bill for a United Future newspaper advertisement that attacks civil unions as “gay marriage” and accuses the government of “pink think”. The advertisement, published in a Sunday newspaper yesterday and paid for out of Parliamentary Service money given to political parties for promotion, criticises the Government for putting the civil unions issue ahead of "more pressing social and economic concerns". It asks why the bill is being promoted and says: "The answer is simple. It is more 'Pink Think' from a Government that imposes its prejudices on New Zealanders. Regardless of what the rest of us think." United Future leader Peter Dunne says the advertisement is not “anti-homosexual”. "The state sanctions marriage simply because marriage invariably involves children, so there's a need to have some protections in there. I don't think the same applies with regard particularly to same-sex relationships and I think the state should butt out."    
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