Most religious organisations in New Zealand have declared that they will not perform same-sex marriages even if the bill currently before the parliament for marriage equality passes.
Unsurprisingly the Catholic Church instigated the aggressive stand against gay people and together with Anglican, Baptist, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and orthodox Jewish religious groups and churches have all indicated their opposition to equality.
Anwar Ghani, president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, told local New Zealand media that same-sex marriage was unacceptable under Muslim law. ‘Our position is very clear – Islam does not allow marriages of same sex. Islam views marriage not just for recreation, but for procreation,’ he told New Zealand media, Stuff.
Winston Peters, the leader of New Zealand’s minority political party NZ First, says he wont support equal marriage in New Zealand! He is also forcing the eight NZ First MP’s to abstain from a crucial vote on the issue.
Winston Peters told reporters this week that NZ First are arguing instead for a referendum on the issue after announcing the party’s eight MPs will abstain from voting when the current bill on the gay marriage comes before the New Zealand parliament.
“We believe there should be enough members of parliament who have got confidence in the public of this country to trust the public to decide this issue after reasonable debate.” he said.
A report into young people and alcohol has found gay and bisexual high school students are significantly more likely to drink than their straight peers: and they are also more likely to binge drink, to drink alone, and to have unsafe sex and drink-drive as a result.
Charles Jones was found dead in a Thai apartment
An arrest has been made over the murder of gay Westport man Charles Jones in Thailand.
Menfriends-co-owner Stuart Yeatman, who found the body of his friend in an apartment in the Thai resort of Pattaya, says a 24-year-old Syrian man has been arrested over the killing.
Jones was the President of the World Croquet Federation who was on holiday with Yeatman and a number of other friends when he was killed.
The 56-year-old most recently lived in Westport, where he had moved to take care of his ill mother. He earlier lived in Wellington where he was a well-known member of the gay community and volunteered for the Gay Switchboard.
Jones’ body will be returned to New Zealand next week and his funeral will be held at St Canice’s Catholic Church in Westport on Saturday.
Meet Kevin Sanderson is able to serve his country, thanks to an enlightened approach to what the Navy calls ‘sexual diversity’.
A new poll shows a majority of New Zealanders are in favour of same-sex marriage, which researchers say shows attitudes are ahead of legislation, reports GayNZ. Research New Zealand asked a question in its most recent social poll to establish the attitudes of New Zealanders to same sex marriages.
A primary school teacher from New Zealand has asked his pupil’s not to use the word ‘GAY’
Warren Bowers who did his masters degree on homosexuality in education made the statement that from research it appears New Zealand children and teenagers seemed to use "gay" as a negative colloquial, dismissive and disrespectful, or lame term perhaps a lot more than school children in other countries.
All too often we hear news of various churches protesting about gays, about gays in the church, about equality and so on, that it comes as a surprise when a stand against gay discrimination is made by a church. In Auckland, the church of St Matthew’s in the City is using its billboard to protest the Anglican Church’s stance on gays and lesbians.
Nelson College has created what is believed to be a first of its kind – a gay-straight alliance at a New Zealand all-boys school. The report from GAYNZ makes clear the school’s headmaster is emphasising it’s not a political move nor any kind of endorsement, simply something the school is culturally ready for.