Article Title:"Marriage will survive civil unions"
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:24th April 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2303
Text:Traditional marriage is sure to survive in the wake of civil unions, says NZ Herald columnist Diana Wichtel. Rubbishing the Catholic Church's predictions that allowing such unions would open the floodgates for bisexuals to want to marry one person of each gender, Wichtel points out that many of the same people crying out the "one law for all" mantra regarding anything non-Pakeha are the ones opposing same-sex relationship recognition. "Those who want to retain the specialness of traditional marriage will always be able to seek out a religious institution that conforms to their beliefs," she says. "But should the rest of society be forced to conform to their beliefs, too? If the civil union legislation goes through, there will no doubt be liberal Christian churches quite happy to celebrate gay couples, too. Sounds fair to me."    
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