Article Title:MP Carter waits for civil unions
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or Credit:GayNZ.com News Staff
Published on:17th April 2004 - 12:00 pm
Published by:GayNZ.com
Story ID:2291
Text:MP Chris Carter says he and his partner of 31 years hope to be among the first to register a civil union once the legislation is passed. At the same time the Catholic Church is speaking out against the legislation, insisting it is gay marriage in disguise and that gay relationships should not be recognised. "Marriage is a very specific kind of commitment to a specific kind of sexual sharing, it's not just any commitment between two people (they) might wish to make," Bishop Peter Cullinane told National Radio yesterday. While Carter did not wish to comment on the Catholic Church's view, he pointed out that around 15 countries already have civil unions available, so therefore New Zealand is not at the forefront of a social engineering agenda. "My partner and I have been together in a stable relationship for 31 years. How could you say that is less valid than a marriage that might last six weeks, which happens," he says.    
Disclaimer:This page displays a version of the GayNZ.com article with all formatting and images removed. It was harvested automatically and some text content may not have been fully captured correctly: access this content at your own risk. A copy of the full article is available (off-line) at the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand. This online version is provided for personal research and review and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of PrideNZ.com. If you have queries or concerns about this article please email us
Reproduction note:Just before GayNZ.com closed in May 2017, the website owners wrote this article about reproducing content from the website: "our work has always been available for glbti people to use and all we ask is that you not plagiarise it... if you use it anywhere please attribute it to GayNZ.com and where there is an authors name attached please acknowledge that writer."