Article Title:Students celebrate first CU victory
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:27th June 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2397
Text:A group of students who organised a picnic at Parliament in support of Thursday's Civil Union bill vote are celebrating the victory, but condemning the remarks of some MPs. UniQ Co-President AJ Marsh says some students found particular comments from MPs Dale Jones and Peter Brown (both of NZ First), highly offensive. "To be called an abomination, and to have it insinuated that gay men are likely to sexually abuse their children, is extremely upsetting to many people,” he says. The picnic itself was more positive, though. “It was a very positive afternoon, with several MPs turning out to speak in support of the Bill, people bringing their children and a generally festive atmosphere". “We will be working very, very hard over the next few months to ensure the public has as much information as it needs to make an informed decision” adds Madeliene Drew, UniQ Co-President.    
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