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Return of Back Benches to feature ME debate

Wed 10 Apr 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Back Benches host Wallace Chapman Marriage equality will be a hot topic as the pub politics show Back Benches relaunches tonight. The former TVNZ7 favourite has a new home on Prime, and is returning to the Backbencher Pub which is back in business after two fires. The blurb for tonight’s show reads: “The third reading of Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill is a week away. Will it pass? What is the difference between Marriage and a Civil Union? Why get married? Does allowing gays to marry diminish the meaning of traditional marriage? Is marriage merely about commitment? Or is it about families? And what does it mean for our children?” On the panel will be Labour’s Trevor Mallard and United Future’s Peter Dunne, who are for marriage equality, Louise Upston from National who is against, and Tracey Martin from New Zealand First who personally doesn’t have an issue with marriage equality but voted against it in line with her party’s push for a referendum. Anyone in Wellington can join the live audience at the Backbencher Pub, where filming begins around 6.15pm. The show will screen on Prime at 10.30pm.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013 - 3:47pm

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