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Key continues to thaw on marriage equality

Mon 14 May 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Prime Minister John Key says he would vote yes in the first reading of a marriage equality bill which is being drafted by Labour's Rainbow Caucus chair Louisa Wall, if it was drawn from the ballot. Wall has told Fairfax she hopes to be able to put it in the ballot next week. "There isn't a definition of marriage in our Marriage Act and by default it will take care of the marriage equality issue. Spouses can adopt and so once you're married, couples qualify as spouses." Key says he would vote for the bill's first reading if it was pulled from the ballot, but is ruling out bringing it into the House. "Personally I'm not opposed. There will be a range of views of course. Let's have the debate."    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 14th May 2012 - 10:14am

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