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Banks' pro-marriage vote "a personal decision"

Tue 28 Aug 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News

John Banks The President of the ACT Party says John Banks made up his own mind to vote in favour of the first reading of Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill. The legislation will come before Parliament tomorrow and is expected to have the numbers to pass the first hurdle. ACT Leader John Banks will vote for the Bill in its first reading, 26 years after he described the passage of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill as “a sad and sickening day for New Zealand." ACT Party President Chris Simmons says it was Banks’ personal decision. “The party has not directed him. He has spent a lot of time talking to party members and Epsom voters but I was not sure what his position would be until I heard it today,” he says. Banks himself has not expanded further on his reasons for the pro-vote, simply saying “because I am”.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 28th August 2012 - 5:47pm

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