Article Title:Tamaki counter-protest planned
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or Credit:GayNZ.com News Staff
Published on:10th July 2004 - 12:00 pm
Published by:GayNZ.com
Story ID:2422
Text:Destiny Church pastor Brian Tamaki will find himself shoulder-to-shoulder with gays and lesbians next month as he stands outside Parliament to protest civil unions. Tamaki, whose political protege Richard Lewis announced last weekend that his political party Destiny New Zealand would re-criminalise homosexuality if they came to power, is organising a rally for August 23rd which will demand politicians acknowledge God and affirm heterosexual marriage. "The institution of marriage is under unprecedented attack by politicians who wield an agenda to advance the privileges of an extreme [homosexual] minority over the rights of our society and our children," he said in a press release earlier this week. Civil union supporters will be there as well as part of a silent vigil to "protest homophobia in all its forms", mirroring Tamaki's statements. "A frightening, intolerent minority are seeking to impose special rights and privileges for them and their views, through the law," says the release from the Campaign for Civil Unions. “Anyone who does not fit into their 1950s vision of the family; anyone who is not straight; anyone who does not belive that women's only role is to live at home and bring up children - anyone of these and more is on the target list. "Such people are being told with great fervour that they are not fully human; that the rights and responsibilities of citizenship are not to be open to them."    
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