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Marriage to be conscience vote for Labour

Thu 26 Jul 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

David Shearer Marriage equality will be a conscience vote for Labour MPs, while National is yet to decide how its MPs will vote.   Rainbow Labour Chair Louisa Wall’s Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill has today been pulled from the Parliamentary Ballot. It will ensure that all New Zealanders have the right to marry regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. Labour leader David Shearer has reconfirmed to media he will vote in favour of the Bill, and that it will be a conscience vote for his MPs. The Green Party’s MPs will all support marriage equality. National is reported to now be deciding whether it will hold a conscience vote on the issue; however Prime Minister John Key has promised he will at least support any marriage equality bill through its first reading.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Thursday, 26th July 2012 - 1:38pm

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