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Wall to take on Colin Craig in marriage debate

Sat 9 Jun 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News

Louisa Wall Lesbian Labour MP Louisa Wall is hoping for a 'reasoned and rational debate' when she comes up against Conservative Party leader Colin Craig on Q+A on Sunday morning. "Hopefully it's going to be a really reasoned and rational debate and we can talk about the concepts of equality and human rights," Wall says. "Because he seems to have equality as being one of the cornerstones of being a New Zealander, but I think for him its very limited. It's around race. So rather than look at the broad spectrum of the discriminatory areas according to the Human Rights Commission, I think he's got a very narrow prescription so he won't extend human rights to same-sex couples, or people who have got different sexual orientation or gender identity. I think he completely misses the concept of what human rights are all about." A Bill she has written to create marriage equality in New Zealand will go into the next Parliamentary ballot, after passing through all the necessary processes and scrutiny. "In an ideal world the Government would adopt it, but Key's been very clear it's not a priority for his Government," she says. You can read more from our catch-up with Louisa Wall here    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 9th June 2012 - 3:35pm

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