Article Title:PM stands up for civil unions
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:26th April 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2305
Text:Attacks on the Civil Union bill are more beat-ups, says PM Helen Clark, who says the bill actually a “rather conservative measure”. United Future leader Peter Dunne has slammed the Civil Union Bill as a "gay marriage" law from a "pink think" Government, attaching the politically correct buzzword to the legislation, but Miss Clark pointed out that the bill had its origins in a process begun by former National Cabinet minister Sir Douglas Graham in the early 1990s. Despite that, she asked whether it was political correctness to do something about injustices such as gay partners not being recognised as next-of-kin. She did not believe that tackling such injustices was political correctness or destroyed the institution of marriage. "... they are discriminated against in a whole raft of laws and regulations and we want them to have the same access to the rights under those laws and regulation as a couple would have,” she said.    
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