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Opponents upset about being called "haters"

Wed 27 Mar 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News View at NDHA

Glyn Carpenter is upset. The New Zealand Christian Network is upset about opponents of the marriage equality Bill being called “haters” and “extremist”. The group says it is “disappointed with the disturbing tactics of some politicians and media” who are seeking to marginalise those opposed to their worldview on the proposed legislation. National Director Glyn Carpenter has put out a media release complaining about a Green MP calling opponents of the bill 'haters' and Labour MP Louisa Wall saying they are spreading fear and misinformation, and implying they are spending vast amounts of money to do so. "It seems this tactic of ridicule is intended to shut down reasoned debate, and with it freedom of speech, by dismissing anybody who is opposed to their objectives. It amounts to derision and the marginalising of valid opinions and concerns of half of all New Zealanders,” Carpenter says. The New Zealand Christian Network’s moan comes after the homophobic ‘Society for Promotion of Community Standards’ wrote to the Attorney-General claiming the marriage equality Bill discriminates against straight married couples and those with “sincere religious beliefs”.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 27th March 2013 - 2:51pm

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