A number of pro-equality groups are expressing delight Louisa Wall's marriage equality Bill has passed its first reading, while also pointing out there is a long way to go. Jackie Russell-Green from the New Zealand Campaign for Marriage Equality says while it's the start of a much longer legislative process, the group is very pleased that it's made it through this critical stage. "We're particularly pleased with the support that the Bill has received from across the political spectrum. We think that this reflects New Zealanders' support for a marriage law that applies equally to all." Conrad Reyners from marriageequality.co.nz says the vote is a great step forward for equality and fairness in New Zealand. "I'd like to thank all of the MPs who stood up for equality and for a fair go for everyday kiwis. It's great to see so many MPs from a diverse range of backgrounds supporting this Bill to Select Committee, so that New Zealanders have a chance to have their say on why marriage equality matters." The Campaign for Marriage Equality will be supporting the public to make submissions on the Bill, and will be providing information to New Zealanders about how to get involved. "The vast majority of kiwis support this Bill. Two thirds of New Zealanders are in favour of marriage equality and want to see the law changed. Over 73% of those aged under between 18 - 34 also support marriage equality. Change is going to happen, so why wait? Let's get on with it and get it done now" Reyners says. "At its heart, marriage equality is about removing an historic discrimination and giving every kiwi a fair go. It's about recognising that two people of the same-sex can love and commit to each other just like everyone else. It's time that New Zealand's laws reflected this modern reality." "We are incredibly pleased that Louisa's Bill has passed its first hurdle and are looking forward to supporting it throughout the Parliamentary process. New Zealanders are welcoming of change, and recognise that it's finally time to bring about marriage equality."
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First published: Thursday, 30th August 2012 - 12:41am
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