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Message from Ian McKellen

In this podcast Ian McKellen sends a message to the Marriage Equality Conference. The message was played during the first keynote panel on legislative process, at the Marriage Equality Conference held in Wellington.

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In the succinct audio recording from the "Marriage Equality Conference" held at the Legislative Council Chamber in the Parliament buildings on Molesworth Street, Wellington, on November 30, 2012, the renowned individual Ian McKellen addresses the topic of marriage equality in New Zealand. The recording's duration is noted as one minute, although it is acknowledged this may not represent the entire length of the event.

McKellen commences by recognizing New Zealand's historical precedence in social progress, specifically mentioning its pioneering effort in extending the right to vote to women before any other nation. Building upon this legacy, McKellen highlights the burgeoning opportunity for New Zealand to further its progressive ethos by embracing marriage equality. This advancement would allow individuals of the same gender to marry, aligning them with their heterosexual counterparts in terms of matrimonial rights.

In their statement, McKellen voices a positive outlook on the nation's trajectory towards marriage equality, indicating that the proposal has garnered bipartisan support from major political parties. They note the transformation is not only politically endorsed but is also championed by the younger generation, whom they credit for viewing the issue with more clarity than their own age bracket might typically possess.

With a tone of solidarity, McKellen extends avid support for the marriage equality movement in New Zealand. They express personal connection to the issue, playfully alluding to the possibility that upon returning to "middle Earth,"—a reference perhaps to their association with New Zealand through their acting role in the "Lord of the Rings" film series—they too might be able to benefit from the prospective marriage equality legislation.

The recording concludes with McKellen wishing luck to the advocates and supporters of marriage equality.

This summary is created using Generative AI. Although it is based on the recording's transcription, it may contain errors or omissions. Click here to learn more about how this summary was created.

Record date:30th November 2012
Location:Legislative Council Chamber, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004213).