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Anti-marriage equality leaflets coming to Nth Shore

Sat 8 Sep 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Colin Craig Auckland's North Shore is about to be blitzed by a brochure drop seeking to turn its residents against the marriage equality bill currently before Parliament. The private member's bill, sponsored by lesbian Labour MP Louisa Wall, seeks to extend the legal right to 'marriage' to include same-sex couples who until now have had to make do with civil unions. The bill passed its first reading almost two weeks ago by a significant majority. However, failed General Election candidate Colin Craig, whose largely personally-financed Conservative Party received negligable support at the last election, is ramping up his public opposition to equality for glbti people. A new version of the leaflet he distributed into the Helensville electorate of Prime Minister John Key, who supports the equality bill, will be distributed more widely "soon" into the North Shore area and East Coast Bays. An extremely religious Christian, Craig claims that being gay is a conscious and wayward choice made by "abnormal" people and described the passing of the bill's first reading as "a failure of democracy." He warned recently that his Conservative Party “has research underway, and once it becomes clear which MPs are failing to represent their electorates, we will be escalating the debate further”.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 8th September 2012 - 8:32pm

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