Article Title:No answers from Maxim
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:16th July 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2431
Text:Discrimination against same-sex couples does not exist, according to a public statement from the Maxim Institute, but they're not prepared to discuss the matter in depth. Their claim is based on research conducted for them by the Society for the Promotion of Community Standards (SPCS) into the small number of formal complaints registered at the Human Rights Commission by same-sex couples. "Does the claimed 'discrimination' against same-sex couples actually exist? Based on information from the Human Rights Commission (HRC) it appears not,” said the Institute's Jule 3 edition of ‘Real Issues'. “The minuscule number of complaints by same-sex couples suggests a significant gap between perception and reality.” asked Maxim why they felt formal complaints to the Human Rights Commission should be the sole indicator for evidence of discrimination in society, and what number of complaints would have satisfied them in terms of acknowledging that a problem exists, and something should be done about it. “With respect, we politely decline the offer to answer your questions at length,” replied communications assistant Amanda McGrail by email. “Our response is simply that the numbers speak for themselves.” McGrail's automated footnote signature coyly invited us to save money on our phone bill by supporting Maxim: “P.S Do you want to support Maxim and save money on your phone bill at the same time? Email me to ask how."    
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