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New LegaliseLove team unveils action plan

Tue 12 Jun 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News

Wellington-based group LegaliseLove has voted in a new executive team and has announced its support for Labour MP Louisa Wall’s private members bill on marriage equality. New President Andrew Cunningham says since President Obama threw his support behind legalising same-sex marriage a few weeks ago, politicians here at home from all across the political spectrum have been adding their voice to the call for equality. “This is the beginning of a moment in New Zealand history that will one day be looked back upon with pride, as we embrace this aspect of the pursuit to bring equal rights to New Zealanders,” he says. Cunningham says the group welcomes Louisa Wall’s bill that would amend the 1955 Marriage Act. This bill proposes a clarification of ‘marriage’ as between two people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. He says over the next few months, LegaliseLove will be holding several large awareness-raising events in Wellington and Auckland, stepping up its campaign to put pressure on New Zealand politicians still silent on the issue. “These events will include debates and public seminars to bring this issue to everyday New Zealanders, and another march on the 20th of October to build upon the 300 person strong march for equality last year.”    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 12th June 2012 - 9:59am

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